Looking for North Korea

Photographer Fabian Muir has traveled to North Korea five times over the past two years, visiting not only the much-photographed capital city of Pyongyang, but more than a dozen other smaller towns. Photographing North Korea remains a challenging task due to restrictions placed on all visitors, especially photographers. Two or three government minders accompanied Muir whenever he left his hotel, steering him while acting as guides. Under these restrictions, Fabian tried to show as much of North Korean life as he could, balancing images heavy with statues, monuments, and mass performances in Pyongyang with more intimate shots of farmers and children in outlying villages. [20 photos total]

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Children play in a public swimming complex in Pyongyang on May 3, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Morning fog shrouds a tenement building in Pyongyang on January 17, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
Schoolchildren wave during an outing in Hamhung, North Korea's second largest city, on August 23, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
A view of the Golden Lane bowling alley in Pyongyang on May 1, 2015 (Fabian Muir) #
A man exits the changing rooms at a beach near Wonsan on North Korea's east coast on August 22, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
Pyongyang locals enjoy a picnic on May 1, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Commuters stare at Muir through the train window in the Pyongyang metro on August 20, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
A man receives traditional cupping therapy in a Pyongyang health complex on October 10, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Students dance during an event in Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang, on May 1, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Men fish through ice near Sinuiju on January 14, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
Koreans pay their respects to statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il at the Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyonyang on October 9, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Diners eat at a high-end restaurant in the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang on August 25, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
Soldiers celebrate on a mobile rocket launcher after a parade for the anniversary of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang on October 10, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Schoolchildren play on a slide in the schoolyard of a co-operative farm in rural North Korea on May 3, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
A newlywed couple poses for a photograph near Pyongyang Folk Park on October 11, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
A waitress places a battery-powered light on a table during a power outage in Chongjin on April 23, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Villagers haul a boat over wooden rollers in outer Chilbo on April 24, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #
Rollercoaster riders brace for lift-off at Kaeson Youth Park in Pyongyang on August 18, 2014. (Fabian Muir) #
People gather on a railway platform in provincial North Korea on June 9, 2016. (Fabian Muir) #
A farmer stands on a drought-ridden field in rural North Korea on May 3, 2015. (Fabian Muir) #

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