Few outsiders will ever get the chance to peek inside the Hermit Kingdom—award-winning AP photographer David Guttenfelder has done so at least 25 times.
On the occasion of the release of his newest photos, we take a look back at some of Guttenfelder’s most striking images of daily life inside North Korea.
When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took over, the country made strides to modernize by letting in foreign press and adopting a China-style system of limited capitalism, but in other ways the nation still has a firm foot in the past complete with mandated rituals, limited opportunity for upward mobility, and a strong military presence in every facet of society.
See all of Guttenfelder’s images on The Daily Beast.
"Love Poem" by Robert Bly.
From Stealing Sugar From the Castle: Selected and New Poems, 1950-2013. In stores now.
"I get anxious when things are going too well, because it doesn’t seem sustainable."
big scary important word, love. feels strange coming from my mouth, love, feels strange when I mean it. but not wrong.