The Pictures That North Korea Doesn’t Want You To See

October 24, 2016 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

When photographer Eric Lafforgue took photo’s of North Korea, he never expected to be banned from the rogue state for his entire life. North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, didn’t want anyone to see these photos because the images reveal the shocking extent of the deprivation suffered by people who live there. Here are the pictures that ultimately got him banned for life.

Without electricity, daily life would look bad. So they wanted it deleted


Bathing in the river is common and portrays poverty.


Subways double as a bomb shelter.


Children working and collecting materials outside, an image North Korea forbids as it depicts poverty.


They even work outside in the fields during hard, economic times.


Cars are new to the region and pretty rare, which is why children still play in the streets.


Depictions of wealth are forbidden.


A street vendor outside. The government requested Lafforgue not to use flash, saying it would scare the people.


A rural bathroom’s cistern shows austere life in the country.


Public transportation is rare and underdeveloped, so you’ll even see soldiers hitchhiking.


The government forbids pictures of soldiers relaxing.


Pictures of malnutrition are banned.


Worker safety, what’s that?


The government allows photos of the animals performing, but not the crowd watching. Maybe because soldiers make up the whole audience.


Shopping at supermarkets is reserved for the elite. Even then, the selection is barren, although the stores still stock Evian.


Depictions of homelessness is forbidden.


Pictures of statues from behind are forbidden.


The government does not allow pictures of its army.


North Korea presents a strong image of the army to its citizens. Having its soldiers do menial labor goes against this image.


North Koreans required to attend various monuments during the Kimjongilia festival, a festival for flowers named after former dictator Kim Jong-il.


A grey market exists in the carts that sell candy or cigarettes.


Officials attempt to maintain building exteriors, but even then, life looks bleak.


Brooms are never to be placed at the base of official statues.


People pick grass from the park for food and North Korea hates that image.


Photos of anything that doesn’t work are forbidden. Here, riders push a broken bus.


Power outages are common. When they happen, such as in this art gallery, officials blame the American embargo.


North Korea didn’t like the image that a soldier sleeping in public presented to the world.