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Last year, I travelled to North Korea to write and photograph a feature for GQ Magazine in Australia.

It was the most fascinating and depressing week of my life. These photos are a glimpse of the carefully choreographed tour that visitors are allowed to go on. It's a facade, for sure, but there are little moments of humanity that peek through.

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here's more context around the photos: http://www.gq.com.au/entertainment/film+tv/that+time+we+went+to+north+korea,44899

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not a fan of ornate things as a rule, but that's one of the most gorgeous buildings I've ever seen.

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the sound of these instruments! I went to see a Japanese performance before, and it was so good!

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if they will ever manage to fully finish and open that hotel (Ryugyong Hotel).

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good to see there is still the freedom of expression in this beautiful ancient art. Unless she is writing Kim Jong-Un's name...

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've always loathed all the litter and obvious pollution around me - in the streets etc. and have always enjoyed a 'clean' environment... but this is practically sterile. I'm surprised to find that I dislike it.

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like she was caught mid-Michael Jackson dance routine.

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is the middle statue depicting? A bayonet with a flag around it maybe?

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i got this pic from the south side....... that big building with horn like roof is where the south house north koreans defectors , where the south will screen and check whether the defectors are real or spies trying to inflitrate

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

looks like some of these pics were taken through glass...there's the slight reflection. maybe a car tour?

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