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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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

their smiles are so precious!

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4 years ago

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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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

there's so much stories behind this photo..

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

wait, is this the airport?!

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

Their buildings are so beautiful

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

never seen this before! where did you take the picture?

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

I love the balance with the lights and darks of the photo!

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

amazing photography skillz

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DINA SOTO-VARGAS
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4 years ago

thats a huge statue though

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Markus McCloud
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4 years ago

This is an urban area, correct? It's so unnaturally empty...

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Koko Sempai
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4 years ago

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

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Mirriam Banda
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4 years ago

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

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Lovely Life Vines
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3 years ago

They

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Karen Klinck
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4 years ago

Real life in N. Korea.

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Susan Forbes
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4 years ago

Why is this in English?

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Apollo
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4 years ago

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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Karen Klinck
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4 years ago

And doesn't *he* look happy?

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Holly Hofmann
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4 years ago

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

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Ged Maybury
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4 years ago

Every face tells a story, and some are terrible.

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Notchimine Mette
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4 years ago

International marathon that no one outside N Korea has ever heard of...

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Kurt Larsen
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4 years ago

-soldiers...?

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Pham Tung
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4 years ago

their roads seem clean.

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William
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4 years ago

Looks like a hippie combie van

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Karen Klinck
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4 years ago

The only honest people he could find.

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toreibjo
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4 years ago

Mars looking sun. Mars like society

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

Look at the, what I am assuming, the parents in the mirror.

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Ged Maybury
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4 years ago

Two planes per day. No escape!

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Kira Leseman
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4 years ago

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

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Diana Burolo
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4 years ago

wow! that's a picture you won't see in croatia schools anytime soon... :/

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Pham Tung
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4 years ago

is this Windows ? :O I have heard that they only used a Mac-like OS

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Jumailiana Iwan
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4 years ago

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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Claire Von Hirdler
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4 years ago

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

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Echo
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4 years ago

Stock photo? (That is meant as a joke)

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Jen Ray
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4 years ago

"My Classroom" ...written in English?

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mathudye
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4 years ago

Man, your pictures are great

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Karen Klinck
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4 years ago

Daily obligatory speech?

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Karen Klinck
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4 years ago

Beautiful setting, anyway.

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michael sky
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4 years ago

still prefer Vice documentary

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Lovely Life Vines
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3 years ago

Dictator Ship

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