David Guttenfelder might just be the most interesting person to follow on Instagram. As the Associated Press Chief photographer in Asia, he’s a bit of a regular in North Korea now that the AP has opened a bureau in Pyongyang. “I’ve covered stories where foreign photographers are everywhere. But in North Korea I’m usually the only one,” says David, who was also one of the first to bring us Instagram videos from inside the hermit kingdom when Kim Jong Un decided to enable data services earlier this year. If you’re on Instagram and you want something more interesting than cats on your newsfeed, follow this guy.
I went through his entire account because like David’s Instagram byline, I am very “North Korea curious”…
A pin over the heart of every North Korean citizen.
North Koreans ride an escalator past a model of the country’s Unha-3 rocket as they enter an exhibition in #Pyongyang of #Kimjongilia flowers named after the late leader Kim Jong Il.
I’d like to meet the taxidermist of #Pyongyang. I’ve seen this in a few of the elite schools of DPRK- A room full of stuffed animals used to teach biology. This is Kaeson Kindergarten.
A North Korean TV host explains the plot of the animated movie Madagascar before it was broadcast on state television (Pyongyang).
A surreal mass synchronized swimming performance in #Pyongyang, North Korea tonight.
North Korean soldiers work on a mountaintop ski slope construction site in DPRK’s Masik Pass. Check out the new AP story and photos: “North Korea Rushes To Finish Lavish Ski Resort” (Full story here)
When Google chairman Eric Schmidt traveled to North Korea in January, I went with him to this massive library in #Pyongyang called The Grand People’s Study House and met these students, in winter hats and gloves, working at computers connected to the local intranet.
And here are some style choices for women. #Pyongyang, North Korea.
Mass Hoola Hooping. North Korean Arirang mass games in #Pyongyang.
A North Korean doctor and a bank of video monitors inside a #Pyongyang hospital.
North Korean babies rest in a row of cribs at the #Pyongyang Maternity Hospital.
An apartment block stands above the schoolyard playground equipment of a #Pyongyang, #NKorea kindergarten.
The open road. A North Korean national highway between #Pyongyang and #Kaesong.
A restaurant in the Hyangsan Hotel at the foot of Mt. Myohyang, North Korea. We’re the only guests in this hotel.
North Koreans dance a traditional folk dance together beneath a huge mosaic of the late leader Kim Il Sung in #Pyongyang.
This North Korean guy was manning the sound board for a performance in front of a mini Kumgangsan mountain range at the #Pyongyang Folk Park.
Chests festooned with medals, North Korean retired military members stand at attention in #Pyongyang.
At an art exhibition in #Pyongyang displaying creations by local military veterans, this painting depicts #NKorean soldiers ambushing US troops.
A North Korean woman sits next to models of military weapons at the “Kimjongilia” and “Kimilsungia” flower exhibition in #Pyongyang held to mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the end if the Korean War on July 27.
A park swing made to look like the North Korean Unha-3 rocket, stands in a park in #Pyongyang. The North Koreans successfully launched their Unha-3 rocket in 2012.
Published in 1983, here’s a collection of guidance given to North Korean journalists by Kim Jong Il . One chapter, devoted to the craft of photojournalism, is titled “Press the Shutter When You Are Sure of Success.”
Outside of the capital, I don’t think there’s many pizza nights out but in #Pyongyang there’s the Hae Un Pizzeria.
A North Korean woman adds up the restaurant lunch receipts while military videos play on the TV behind the counter.
North Korean men on an airport transport bus headed to the Air Koryo flight for Beijing.
North Korean Artifact #151. A DPRK crossing guard doll.
The meeting. #Pyongyang.
Bananas. North Korea.
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