Monday, April 13, 2009

My Brilliant Korea

Kim Jong-il (C) participates in the 12th top People's Assembly at the Mansudae assembly hall in Pyongyang April 9, 2009, in this picture released by the country's official news agency KCNA on Thursday.

Either it's just a coincidence or the North Korean government is remarkably prescient with their official photography. Many of the pictures they release of Kim Jong-Il bear echoes of the work of contemporary photographers and artists ranging from Martin Parr and Alex Webb to Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a larger j-peg of the image above which appeared in the New York Times newspaper (but not the website) last week. But here's a detail, below. Please e-mail a larger file of the full frame above to if you have one.

Some other echoes:

Alex Webb:

A Martin Parr book:

Early Thomas Struth:

Gerhard Richter or any number of contemporary Chinese painters:


Barry said...

Great post! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I think you're looking at the originals here. The echo is bouncing the other way.

Jennifer said...

That is pretty incredible! I'm sure the official photographers would not be happy to know that their work resembled that of several non-communist photographers. Thanks for the great post!

Anonymous said...

wow that Alex Webb photograph is stunning. Such a paradox the freedom/oppression of the same land. So interesting, thank you!


Unknown said...

they are quite fabulous