Exposing the Real North Korea Through Secret Photography

Photographer and filmmaker Nathalie Daoust is compelled towards the unseen. She has spent years capturing the women of Japan’s love hotels, and sex workers in Brazil, creating images which simultaneously reveal and conceal these spaces to distant viewers for whom such territories are unreachable. Her ethereal photographs recall turn-of-the-century erotic portraiture, creating a new vocabulary for documentary work which merges artistic and photojournalistic practices. In her most recent project, Korean Dreams, this is particularly powerful. Daoust contemplates the clandestine and its impact on an entire society – in this case, in North Korea, one of the most secretive nations on earth. Rather than the erotic or exotic, however, these images are charged with danger. via AnotherMag