Photographers could always visit North Korea, but generally not as photographers. Or at least not us phonetographers. Until recently, mobile phones weren’t allowed at the entry in the country, and there was no access to wireless data.
But 15 February brought to us the first Instagram photos uploaded in real-time. The photos have the signature of Jean Lee, AP’s Korea bureau chief, and David Guttenfelder, AP’s Asia chief photographer.
“I feel I can help open a window into a place that would otherwise rarely be seen by outsiders,” declared David on the Instagram’s blog. “As one of the few international photographers who has ever had regular access to the country, I feel a huge responsibility to share what I see and to show it as accurately as I can.”
Photos by David Guttenfelder
“There are so many curious, strangely beautiful, or melancholy details around us here…These might not be typical of the news photos I usually transmit, but they offer fleeting glimpses of this country, and how it feels to be here,” said David.