Chris Marker's Groundbreaking Photos Illuminate Life In North Korea

February 11, 2015 2:09 PM

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Chris Marker's Groundbreaking Photos Illuminate Life In North Korea

First released in 1989, Noonbit Publishing’s The People of the North (also titled Coréennes, which is French for "Korean") was an immediate hit in South Korea’s photography community for its fascinating documentary portraits of North Korean life. But just 2,000 copies were printed in its first run, and though it sold out completely, the book didn't come back into print until 2008, despite demand from collectors.

"The People of the North" was a groundbreaking photography collection, stitching together a searing portrait of life in North Korea from small, achingly ordinary fragments. French film director and photographer Chris Marker’s 140 black-and-white photos, taken just after the war ended in the 1950s on...

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