David Guttenfelder and the Mass Games

North Korea Armistice

Asia Associated Press Chief Photographer David Guttenfelder is currently in North Korea covering the 60th anniversary of the country’s armistice with South Korea. As expected when documenting the country’s Mass Games the spectacle is visually incredible, yet subtly disturbing in their homogenous achievement.

Times have collected some of his photos here, whilst AP’s Big Story has got a slightly wider scoped gallery of the country itself here. Of particular interest though is his instagram account that’s got some pretty remarkable images, particularly of aged Korea War veterans, and videos of the countryside and military parades.

Worth mentioning, if not seen yet, is the 2003 documentary A State of Mind where two British filmmakers got then unprecedented access to North Korea and followed two young girls with dreams to train and participate in the Mass Games for their dear leader Kim Jong il. It certainly doesn’t attempt to unmask the horrors of the country’s regime, but it gives a very rare insight into the lives and psychology of some of its inhabitants.


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And like Shiva the destroyer, here is Scientifically Accurate Ducktales

Today’s bookmarks

Lastly, the latest TEDEd on ‘What is colour’ gives a very concise and simple explanation on the how with some very nice animation too.

Bookmarks 15/12/12

More amazing splash photography by Markus Reugels via This is Colossal


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Vietnam War Photos

These come from a fantastic collection of lesser-seen Vietnam War photos that can be viewed here.

I can’t recall where these were referred onto from (came back from the weekend to find this buried amongst tabs and that I also have amnesia), so I’ve little context on this collection, apart from the fact that they’re all great.

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All Sorts of Wrong…

So Canadian photographer Jonathan Hobin‘s now project is called In The Playroom and depicts images of kids playing as kids do. The exception though? Rather than the traditional imaginary play time, these kids are re-enacting scenes from infamous events and media events in history… crazy.

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