We often take for granted the ability to connect instantly and freely through the Internet, but this is a fairly radical notion in some parts of the world. It was just a few weeks ago that North Korea lifted the ban on mobile devices for foreigners, and now the real-time photos are slowly trickling in on Instagram.
“North Korean commuters pass by propaganda posters in #Pyongyang,” by David Guttenfelder.
The ability to tell stories in real-time is powerful. During the Egyptian protests, much of the news came from first-hand Tweets, Facebook posts, and videos on Youtube. These platforms are not only changing the way we communicate socially but are also changing the international relations landscape.
“A pin over the heart of every North Korean citizen,” by David Guttenfelder.
David Guttenfelder, Associated Press chief photographer for Asia, and Jean Lee, AP Korea bureau chief, are two of the first people to post real-time Instagram photos from North Korea. The images allow us to experience moments of every day life in the country – from ice skating with friends to the propaganda lining the streets.
“평양랭면 #Pyongyang noodles,” by Jean Lee
The ability to get a glimpse into a country shrouded in secrecy is fascinating. It makes us realize that the people of North Korea are not so different from us. They enjoy playing pool, singing karaoke, and also have to deal with a morning commute. We’re seeing that the people in countries who once seemed so foreign, so separate from our own identities, are really not so different. The ability to see real-time moments from all around the world is breaking down international barriers. The idea of an “us” and a “them” is slowly losing its hold in this increasingly connected world. That’s the power of the visual revolution.Read More