Photo of the Week | 07.09.09 | North Korea

Posted by on Sep 7, 2009 in Editorial Photography | 5 Comments

NORTH KOREA.  A family huddle together in Kaesong city near Panmunjom, the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. 2009

NORTH KOREA. A family huddle together in Kaesong city near Panmunjom, the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. 2009

This week’s ‘Photo of the Week’ comes from North Korea. I wanted to post a photo from NK as last week’s POTW but I held off as I was waiting until the Globe & Mail, who commissioned the shoot, published the  images on their website.

Throughout my journey with the G&M’s Mark MacKinnon, we were whizzed across the country from site to site, trapped in our own oversized minivan which could of held about 15 people but was strangely reserved only for us two. We spent a lot of time in this van and it was from this viewpoint that I was able to gain many of my shots from the country, capturing glimpses of normal life between the government approved sites.

This week’s POTW is one of those photos and for me captures a very brief slice of normal North Korean family life, with the subjects completely unaware a picture is being taken. The children huddling in the shade of their mother’s umbrella. The father, crouched nearly out of sight. The other passers-by. This is was one of the hardest pictures to get. A normal picture. An insight. A brief glimpse.

To see more of the pictures from the series, please head to the Globe & Mail’s website here and to view our first of three short videos about North Korea and our trip, please go here.

5 Comments

  1. jessica
    September 8, 2009

    great photo!

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  2. james
    September 21, 2009

    i second that. looks almost like an oil painting….

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    • sgallagher
      September 25, 2009

      Thanks James and Jessica…Glad you liked this one 🙂

      Reply
  3. bill
    September 24, 2009

    How unfortunate that little if any mention was made in this report about the genocidal policies of the evil fiend Kim Jong Il and his wicked and vile regime.

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    • sgallagher
      September 25, 2009

      Bill…Maybe you would like to view our video reports which mention the regime and what they are doing to their people. Thanks for stopping by. Sean

      Reply

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