Photographer Eric Lafforgue Captures North Korean People Smiling

Eric Lafforgue started taking photographs in 2006. Quickly, magazines and newspapers from all over the world like Geo, Nat Geo, Lonely Planet Magazine, etc began using his work for illustrations on North Korea, Papua New Guinea, the tribes of Ethiopia, etc. Today, Eric Lafforgue spends most of his time travelling the globe to share his encounters, through the perception of an ethnologist and the heart of an artist, privileging the regions or populations in danger and less usually visited countries: ‘Some say about North Korea that the only ones who smile are the ‘Dear Leaders’ on the propaganda stuff. But after 6 trips in the most closed country, I can say that North Koreans are not the robots many depict… They also smile! Even if they suffer from the lack of freedom and a dictatorship, they can have happy moments in their life… This was not easy to take those pics as the guides that always follow you are always suspicious, even when they see happy people!’

Photographer Eric Lafforgue captures North Korean people smiling

Photographer Eric Lafforgue captures North Korean people smiling

Photographer Eric Lafforgue captures North Korean people smiling

Photographer Eric Lafforgue captures North Korean people smiling

Photographer Eric Lafforgue captures North Korean people smiling

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