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These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

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When we think about North Korea, "mundanity" isn't a concept that typically comes to mind. We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense, since atrocity is the thread that weaves together every scrap of the North Korean experience. It's the cultural tie that binds.But when photographer Michal Huniewicz illegally documented his time in the country, the resulting collection revealed an image of North Korean life that twists seemingly innocuous imagery into a haunting spectacle of everyday life lived under oppression's thumb. We don't often picture grocery checkout lines, hotel lobbies, and tour buses. We don'...
What This Guy Saw In North Korea Is Absolutely Insane…I Don’t Get It

What This Guy Saw In North Korea Is Absolutely Insane…I Don’t Get It

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North Korea has a reputation for being the most reclusive country on Earth. Because of that, there's so much about daily life in North Korea that we don't know, and what little information we do gather comes from refugees and the very few tourists who are permitted to visit the country each year. One of those tourists was Redditor redseedit. He visited North Korea during the summer of 2012. When he got home, he was going through a few of his pictures when he came across something weird. This picture was taken at Taesongsan Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery, which is on the top of a mountain facing the country's capital city of Pyongyang. Reddit / redseedit While enjoying the view, redseedit...