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A SOFTER LOOK AT A DYSTOPIAN NORTH KOREA

by Ariadna Zierold

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North Korea is often depicted as an Orwellian police state, with no shortage of photos depicting a cold, gray, concrete-filled landscape taken by tourists to the capital Pyongyang. It looks a little different this time in this photo series by French photographer Hélène Veilleux, all thanks to a warm-tinted filter.

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Titled 38th Parallel North, Veilleux’s postcard-like images capture the forbidding, typically Communist-era architecture designed to belittle the individual and emphasize the might of the collective. However, with the warm saturation of the images, there is a certain sense of a sickly sweetness to the scenes, enhanced by the cotton candy-like clouds and the cityscapes with little to no people present.

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