Michal Huniewicz, a Polish photographer, did something that had never been done before.
He went to North Korea and took photos of the country illegally. Because, of course, North Korea does not allow its secrets to be photographed and broadcast around the world.
Dictator Kim Jong-Un wants to show the world Pyongyang, the capital city because it is the only developed city in the country.
Michal was able to take these pictures from his hip without being noticed.
“I visited North Korea and took these photos, most of them illegal, so you could get a more candid look into the most mysterious country on the planet.
I was told I would be detained in case photos like these were found (‘You took many photos. Too many,’ – said my guide), but I managed to smuggle them out of the country, which was very stressful.
We had an American in our small group, he was attracting a lot of attention, which allowed me to photograph more easily. I used a Nikon D300s with a 24-70 mm, which isn’t really a good combo.”
Here are the pictures:
1. Military personnel in the capital city of Pyongyang. They are found wherever one goes.
2. On your left is North Korea and on your right is China. The difference between them is for you to see and judge.
3. Same is the case in this picture which was taken at night.
4. Several of these forms are to be filled by the tourists after entering the country.
5. This photo was taken from a train, where photography is prohibited.
6. People waiting to sell human waste, which is used as fertilizers.
7. “(The Korean Workers’) Party is never going to forget the comrades of Rakwon [city].”
8. You need a permit to travel within the country! Imagine if we had to take permission to take all the road trips that we take.
9. North Korean soldiers patrolling, just because!
10. Countryside and a bunch of restrictions!
11. “Arrival in Pyongyang. I believe this was staged, as there were no other trains that day, so those elegant looking travellers had no reason to be there.”
12. “Pyongyang – we were intercepted by our guides, who we could not leave during the entire stay, and who’d tell us when to sleep and when to wake up.”
13. Streets of Pyangyong.
14. Brutalist architecture because even the buildings want to scare you!
15. The cityscape from Michal’s Yanggakdo hotel.
16. Where is the 5th floor?! “The door is almost always closed, but if you manage to get in, the place is full of propaganda posters, and people speculate it’s used for spying on the guests.”
17. The hotel staff did not interact with the tourists and were in fact, scared of them!