When photographer Eric Lafforgue took photos of North Korea, he never expected to be banned from Kim Jong Un’s country. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, strongly opposes anyone outside his country seeing these photos, as they reveal the staggering level of devastation suffered by the people living there.
“Since 2008, I have visited North Korea six times,” he launched from buzznicked.com. “Thanks to a digital memory card, I can save photos that I was forbidden to take or ordered to be deleted by supervisors. he added again.
Popbela once displayed a photo of Eric Lafforgue in North Korea that the country did not want to show. Of the dozens of photos that were banned, here are 15 photos of North Korea that eventually made Lafforgue banned from returning to North Korea for the rest of his life. You wouldn’t think that the photo ban was for such a ridiculous reason!
1. Officials took issue with this photo for two reasons; “The teenager was wearing his hat in a strange way (according to my guide), and there were soldiers in the background.” clearly Eric
2. “North Koreans are very paranoid. I was asked to delete the picture because the guide believed I would say the people were homeless, even though they were just resting.” said Eric
3. Believe it or not, Eric was told to delete this photo for showing the tunnel. Stupid, yes!
4. His name is also a child, definitely when photographed can laugh or do funny things. But if you take a photo like this under a photo of the North Korean leader, it’s considered disrespectful to the leader, so it’s banned
5. Because I don’t like photos of poverty in North Korea being exposed, of course this photo of a child taking water is prohibited
6. This photo is a rare example of an undisciplined child. The photo shows this child standing in the middle of the road, blocking the bus. Images of undisciplined citizens are clearly illegal in North Korea
7. North Korea does not allow photos of soldiers, especially when soldiers push a bus that breaks down. So helping each other is like a wrong move, yes
8. North Korea says foreign aid is a war debt, so taking photos of any WFP signs is prohibited
9. Taking pictures of people riding bicycles for hours every time they go to work is prohibited, Bela. Duh, tricky, huh
10. The power went out when Eric took this photo. He was told to remove it and explained that when the power went out, it was because of the American embargo. Uh, how?
11. This photo should have been deleted, because it shows a child with a malnourished condition
12. This image shows women and children doing manual labor by repairing road borders, which is also illegal to photograph
13. This photo should not have been taken because officials did not allow soldiers to be photographed. Even though it looks like a slick photojournalism work, yes
14. This photo is also illegal, because it shows a man fishing for his own food
15. Eric was told to delete this photo because officials were worried it would show this person is dead. He is actually alive, but only resting after work
Wow, it turns out to be complicated if you want to take photos in North Korea yes, Bela. But it makes you even more curious no, with this country?
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