Not many people in the world have got the chance to know what North Korea is like, but a French photographer Eric Lafforgue is one of those luckiest people who has visited this nation for more than six times. And he did not only visit but also courageously captured the pictures that are forbidden to be clicked.
Eric shares during an interview with Bored Panda, "Thanks to digital memory cards, I was able to save photos that I was forbidden to take or was told to delete by the minders. I was treated like any other tourist, they didn't allow me to take pictures of the police, the army, etc. But with a 300mm zoom lens and a seat in the back of the bus, I could take so many..."
After he came back from his sixth trip to North Korea in 2012, the Korean regime found out that Eric has captured the pictures that open doors for other people in the world to see how North Korean people live; hence, he got banned from entering the nation ever again.
So what did he capture? That's an interesting tale.
Have a look!
One of the most intriguing pictures in Eric's collection of North Korean photos is this, where he captured a woman standing in between groups of soldiers.
When tourists visit North Korean families, children and their parents (mainly everyone living in the house) love to flaunt that they have a computer, but they do not allow to take a picture as there's not enough power to run these systems.
Eric shares it's a rule in North Korea that soldiers cannot say no when farmers ask for their help on the farm.
Pictures like these are widely spread in the West with a caption that North Korean people eat grass from the ground.
This picture shows a kid standing in the middle of the road. It's obviously a rare sight.
"The way you show up at public places in North Korea is important," writes Eric.
Cars have become more wide-spread in Pyongyang of North Korea, but children are yet to realize that, as they keep playing on the road.
There are a lot of usual things which are banned in North Korea, like clicking a picture of someone's unfinished painting. Photographer Eric Lafforgue recalls that when he tried to click the image of this painter, he yelled at him.
It is the world's deepest subway system in the world.
No matter what, a soldier in North Korea cannot take their uniforms off.
For soldiers, whether they are on-duty or off-duty, it is a must to be in the uniform always.
There seemingly is a lack of proper public transport system in the country.
Children who visit the prospered part of the country from the countryside are shown in this picture. They're scared to use escalators which they haven't seen before.
Workers in North Korea work under very low safety standards.
Public transport seems to be fishy!
There are a lot of tired people in the country who ride bicycles for hours to go to the work. Taking pictures of tired and hungry people in North Korea is forbidden, writes photographer Eric Lafforgue.
This car was spotted in a park when some elite class people in North Korea were enjoying Bbq.
Eric says, Pyongyang is the showcase of what North Korea is like, and that's why the exterior of the buildings are maintained with a lot of concern; but as soon as you enter the building, you get to know the reality.
It's a common sight to spot trucks loaded with coal.
That's all, folks!