When Associated Press photographer Vincent Yu traveled to North Korea for the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, his resulting photographs offered a rare peek into one of the world's most mysterious nations."Political tension and militant strife"? What is "militant strife," anyway? Is it something like poverty, oppression, and misery? Some of the photos are, indeed, stunning, but if you want to get a glimpse of the country's concentration-camp-like true character, read between the lines of the English output of its news agency. Some words, it seems, are worth a thousand pictures.
Given its limited exposure to Western media, North Korea is often associated with political tension and militant strife. Yet the Pyongyang that Yu captured is one that is ready to celebrate, and this year marked not just the anniversary but also the named succession of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's youngest son. The city's inhabitants are seen enjoying picnics, live performances and even theme park rides.
See Vincent Yu's astonishing photographs here . . .
Sunday, October 17, 2010
How Huffpo introduces a North Korean photo slide-show
Can you spot the inanity?