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A Glimpse of North Korea

The world is fascinated about what life is really like in the secretive and reclusive state of North Korea, which has become known as the “Hermit Kingdom”.

A series of photos have gone on show at a Chicago museum, providing a rare glimpse into the mysterious place which is notoriously hard to get into. The “official” images were taken by the country’s press agency KCNA, which is based in Japan, and by people on state-controlled tours. Meanwhile, the “reader” images were taken by 12 international photo journalists and artists.

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A North Korean woman loads a pistol for firing practice in Pyongyang, North Korea,” 2007. Picture: Tomas van Houtryve

A man wades into the Tae Dong river where banks are flooded high above the normal water l

A man wades into the Tae Dong river where banks are flooded high above the normal water level in Pyongyang, North Korea, 2007. Picture: Tomas van Houtryve

Example haircuts on display at a barbershop in #Pyongyang, 2013. Picture: David Guttenfel

Example haircuts on display at a barbershop in #Pyongyang, 2013. Picture: David Guttenfelder

Infants rest in a row of cribs at the #Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, 2013. Picture: David

Infants rest in a row of cribs at the #Pyongyang Maternity Hospital, 2013. Picture: David Guttenfelder

The City Marathon, 2012. Picture: Ari Hatsuzawa/MOCP.ORG

The City Marathon, 2012. Picture: Ari Hatsuzawa

Platform of the Pyongyang City Subway, 2011. Picture: Ari Hatsuzawa/MOCP.ORG

Platform of the Pyongyang City Subway, 2011. Picture: Ari HatsuzawaUtopia #011, 2008. Picture: Seung Woo Back/MOCP.ORG

Utopia #011, 2008. Picture: Seung Woo Back

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