Photo par David Guttenfelder/AP
Read and watch more about North Korea in "March Madness," a VICE News special section on the Hermit Kingdom.Nobody aside from North Korea's own government photographers has had better access to the Hermit Kingdom than David Guttenfelder. In 2011, he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in Pyongyang, making it the first Western news agency to have an office in the isolated country.Guttenfelder, who is now a National Geographic Photography Fellow, has made more than 40 trips to North Korea over the years. His photos often manage to capture candid moments that offer a stark contrast to the regime's carefully managed stagecraft.
He created the Instagram account EverydayDPRK — tagline: "Opening a window to North Korea" — which now boasts more than 91,000 followers. The images posted there depict the fascinating banalities of daily life in the country, from teachers and students in their classrooms, to farmers with livestock, to elites enjoying their lives of relative comfort in Pyongyang.Here are some of our favorite images from Guttenfelder's visits to the Kim regime over the years.
All photos by David Guttenfelder via AP. Follow him on Instagram: @dguttenfelder