41 uncensored instagrams from North Korea by David Guttenfelder

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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.

Here is the link to his Instagram account: dguttenfelder.

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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.

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Kids rollerblading. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Kids rollerblading.

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Kids playing with David's camera. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Kids playing with David’s camera.

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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.
   
   

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Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pyongyang.

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Pyongyang city center. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pyongyang city center.

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Pastel painted buildings in Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Pastel painted buildings in Pyongyang.
   

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Saturn shaped planetarium named Three Revolution Exhibition Hall. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
Saturn shaped planetarium named Three Revolution Exhibition Hall.

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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.

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A view of Pyongyang. Photo credits: David Guttenfelder
A view of Pyongyang.