41 uncensored instagrams from North Korea by David Guttenfelder

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North Korean lady and yet to be completed 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder

David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press Chief Photographer for Asia, almost a legend in photojournalism. He’s been traveling the world for the most part of his life documenting events like the genocide in Rwanda, the Israeli Palestinian conflict, three different Olympic games and many other historical events. He is a seven-time World Press Award winner and has gained various other awards during his brilliant career.

He’s recently been documenting North Korea and since their authorities loosened a bit their restrict policies about photojournalism he’s been one of the first photographers allowed to bring a smartphone inside the country. A 3G network is now available for visitors, so he’s been able to take pictures with his camera phone on the streets of Pyongyang like he could have done in any other part of the world and for the first time he had the chance to upload them on Instagram while still in the country, marking a milestone in the history of photojournalism.

The event is momentous and thanks to David we can now watch for the first time ever some uncensored real life moments directly from North Korea. In the following gallery you will see our favorites among the pictures he took there.

We are sure you’ll love David’s work and if you’re interested take a look at his impressive website with more work from North Korea and many other countries: davidguttenfelder.com.

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North Korean lady and yet to be completed 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
North Korean lady and yet to be completed 105-story Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang.
Kids rollerblading. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Kids rollerblading.
Kids playing with David's camera. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Kids playing with David’s camera.
North Korean soldier reading at the Grand People's Study House. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
North Korean soldier reading at the Grand People’s Study House.
Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pyongyang.
Pyongyang city center. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pyongyang city center.
Pastel painted buildings in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pastel painted buildings in Pyongyang.
Saturn shaped planetarium named Three Revolution Exhibition Hall. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Saturn shaped planetarium named Three Revolution Exhibition Hall.
View from The Grand People's Study House. Notice the two huge mosaics of two Kim's in the middle of the photo. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
View from The Grand People’s Study House. Notice the two huge mosaics of two Kim’s in the middle of the photo.
A view of Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A view of Pyongyang.
Workers. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Workers.
Dennis Rodman in at Beijing airport on its way to North Korea. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Dennis Rodman in at Beijing airport on his way to North Korea.
The Grand People's Study House. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
The Grand People’s Study House.
Mass synchronized swimming performance. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Mass synchronized swimming performance.
City bus in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
City bus in Pyongyang.
A shop in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A shop in Pyongyang.
A photo lab. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A photo lab.
Propaganda posters. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Propaganda posters.
Playground in front of a building. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Playground in front of a building.
Model of Unha-3 rocket in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Model of Unha-3 rocket in Pyongyang.
A park swing looking like the North Korean Unha-3 rocket. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A park swing looking like the North Korean Unha-3 rocket.
An image of North Korea's recently launched Unha-3 rocket in a Pyongyang Hotel. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
An image of North Korea’s recently launched Unha-3 rocket in a Pyongyang Hotel.
Juche Tower. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Juche Tower.
A taxi in Pyongyang streets. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A taxi in Pyongyang streets.
Students at a concert. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Students at a concert.
Wedding portrait in front of the two Kim's statues. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Wedding portrait in front of the two Kim’s statues.
Traditional folk dance. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Traditional folk dance.
Bus stop. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Bus stop.

Photo credits: David Guttenfelder

Roadside monument to Kim Il Sung. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Roadside monument to Kim Il Sung.
Guy manning the sound board for a performance. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Guy manning the sound board for a performance.
Korean War veterans. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Korean War veterans.
North Korean veterans of the Korean War sitting under the two Kim's portraits. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
North Korean veterans of the Korean War sitting under the two Kim’s portraits.
Soldiers on a sidecar. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Soldiers on a sidecar.
Troops march on Kim Il Sung Square. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Troops march on Kim Il Sung Square.
Bus being fixed in the capital. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Trolleybus being fixed in the capital.
Men on an airport transport bus. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Men on an airport transport bus.
On board of an Air Koryo flight to Beijing. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
On board of an Air Koryo flight to Beijing.
Baggage claim at the airport. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Baggage claim at the airport.
Early morning in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Early morning in Pyongyang.

TV host explaining Madagascar's plot before it was broadcasted. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
TV host explaining Madagascar movie’s plot before it was broadcasted.

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