North Korea, the most isolated country in the world, is known for intensely guarding its public persona. So when French photographer Eric Lafforgue covertly took and smuggled a series of photos out from the country, it gave the world an uncensored glimpse into a terrorized society.
According to Mr. Lafforgue, his intent was to show the world the kind of life North Koreans are unfairly subjected to. Although he is now banned from visiting North Korea ever again for the rest of his life over this exposé, Mr. Lafforgue felt it was his duty to pull back the curtain and let the world see an unfiltered view of North Korean life. These are the photographs Kim Jong-un didn’t want the world to see.
1. A grey market exists in the carts that sell candy or cigarettes.
2. A rural bathroom’s cistern shows austere life in the country.
3. A street vendor outside. The government requested Lafforgue not to use flash, saying it would scare the people.