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Rare Photos Of North Korea's Capital City That Look Like An Empty Filmset

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Rare Photos Of North Korea's Capital City That Look Like An Empty Filmset

Instead of taking a classic holiday to a relaxing and remote location, French photographer Raphael Olivier spent July exploring the symmetrical architecture of North Korea.

Olivier's tour took him all around Pyongyang, exploring ice skating rinks, cinema houses, a bowling alley, and even a health complex. The scenes are empty and calm, devoid of advertising and scarcely populated.

I have never felt as impressed as I have been (in North Korea) in front of buildings, spaces, and built spaces.

"I have never felt as impressed as I have been (in North Korea) in front of buildings, spaces, and built spaces," Olivier says of his experience. "It's very special there. Because there are no advertisements, billboards, little coffee shops, stuff around -- nothing really distracts from the structures themselves. Everything is massive concrete and there's a strong energy radiating from all these buildings."

"But I think it's difficult to portray the whole atmosphere -- the small details, sounds, the people, when you're shooting in North Korea. It's so radically different and special."

"When you go to any post-Soviet city, you have these vintage elements -- round design, retro-futuristic styles, (the use of) concrete and steel. So you can see these buildings in Moscow, eastern Europe and central Asia, but they are kind of isolated or dissolved in up-to-date architecture."

Find more of Olivier's work on Instagram.

Via Fubiz & CNN

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