A Rare Glimpse Into Daily Life in North Korea

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Photographer Ed Jones was given the opportunity to take a series of portraits capturing the daily lives of citizens in the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang.

© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesIn this photo taken on December 2, 2016, tour guide Baek Hyun-kyung stands in front of the Three Charters of National Reunification Monument where she works on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
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In this photo taken on December 2, 2016, tour guide Baek Hyun-kyung stands in front of the Three Charters of National Reunification Monument where she works on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones Artist Lee Gyung-Lan poses for a photo at the Mansudae Art Studio where he works on November 28, 2016, in Pyongyang.
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Artist Lee Gyung-Lan poses for a photo at the Mansudae Art Studio where he works on November 28, 2016, in Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones In this photo taken on November 25, 2016, groom Sip Seung-chul (R) stands with his bride as they prepare to attend a wedding photo shoot on the Taedong River in Pyongyang.
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In this photo taken on November 25, 2016, groom Sip Seung-chul (R) stands with his bride as they prepare to attend a wedding photo shoot on the Taedong River in Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesSailor Kim Il-Soo poses for a photo on a boat used to host wedding photo shoots on the Taedong River in Pyongyang on November 25, 2016.
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Sailor Kim Il-Soo poses for a photo on a boat used to host wedding photo shoots on the Taedong River in Pyongyang on November 25, 2016.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesToddler Moon Ji-sung (C) poses for a photo with his parents at the entrance to the Central Zoo in Pyongyang on November 27, 2016.
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Toddler Moon Ji-sung (C) poses for a photo with his parents at the entrance to the Central Zoo in Pyongyang on November 27, 2016.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones Retiree Kim Hong-sul poses for a photo on a pathway near the Taedong River in Pyongyang on November 27, 2016.
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Retiree Kim Hong-sul poses for a photo on a pathway near the Taedong River in Pyongyang on November 27, 2016.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones In this photo taken on November 28, 2016, tour guide Choi Hee-Ok stands atop the landmark Juche Tower where she works in Pyongyang.
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In this photo taken on November 28, 2016, tour guide Choi Hee-Ok stands atop the landmark Juche Tower where she works in Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones Lee Young-Hwa, a 19-year-old volunteer staff member, poses for a photo in a study room at SciTech science center in Pyongyang on November 26, 2016.
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Lee Young-Hwa, a 19-year-old volunteer staff member, poses for a photo in a study room at SciTech science center in Pyongyang on November 26, 2016.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesIn this photo taken on November 30, 2016, ginseng farm manager Kim Young-Guk stands in one of his fields on the outskirts of Kaesong, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
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In this photo taken on November 30, 2016, ginseng farm manager Kim Young-Guk stands in one of his fields on the outskirts of Kaesong, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesOn December 1, 2016, student Kim Hong poses for a photo as she practices rollerblading on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang.
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On December 1, 2016, student Kim Hong poses for a photo as she practices rollerblading on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesTour guide Jeon Eun-Mi poses for a photo atop the Arch of Triumph where she works in Pyongyang on November 29, 2016.
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Tour guide Jeon Eun-Mi poses for a photo atop the Arch of Triumph where she works in Pyongyang on November 29, 2016.
© AFP 2022 / Ed Jones In this photo taken on November 28, 2016, artist Hong Choon poses at the Mansudae Art Studio where he works in Pyongyang.
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In this photo taken on November 28, 2016, artist Hong Choon poses at the Mansudae Art Studio where he works in Pyongyang.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesIn this photo taken on November 30, 2016, Korean People's Army (KPA) lieutenant and tour guide Hwang Myong-jin stands in front of a hut where negotiations for the Korean War armistice agreement were held in 1953, at Panmunjom near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
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In this photo taken on November 30, 2016, Korean People's Army (KPA) lieutenant and tour guide Hwang Myong-jin stands in front of a hut where negotiations for the Korean War armistice agreement were held in 1953, at Panmunjom near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.
© AFP 2022 / Ed JonesA group of children on roller-blades skate past the Grand People's Study House on Kim Il-Sung square on December 1, 2016, in Pyongyang.
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A group of children on roller-blades skate past the Grand People's Study House on Kim Il-Sung square on December 1, 2016, in Pyongyang.
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