Window on North Korea: Photographs From the DPRK

March 16, 2012
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, views a drill of a large combined unit of the Korean People’s Army on April 12, 2010, for the 98th anniversary of his father’s birthday. April 15 is called “The Day of the Sun” in honor of Kim Il Sung, the former guerrilla fighter who founded the DPRK in 1948. (Korean Central News Agency)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, right, views a drill of a large combined unit of the Korean People’s Army on April 12, 2010, for the 98th anniversary of his father’s birthday. April 15 is called “The Day of the Sun” in honor of Kim Il Sung, the former guerrilla fighter who founded the DPRK in 1948. (Korean Central News Agency)
A young North Korean dancer leaps by as girls put on panda bear costumes before performing at a Pyongyang park on April 15, 2011, the 99th anniversary of the late leader Kim Il Sung’s birthday. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
A young North Korean dancer leaps by as girls put on panda bear costumes before performing at a Pyongyang park on April 15, 2011, the 99th anniversary of the late leader Kim Il Sung’s birthday. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
A Joint Exhibition by The Associated Press
And Korean Central News Agency


NEW YORK —The 8th Floor presents an historic exhibition featuring photos of The Associated Press and the Korean Central News Agency that offers a rare glimpse into a nation long shrouded from view.
 
“Window on North Korea” is on display at The 8th Floor, 17 W. 17th St. in New York until April 13.
 
The exhibition opens before the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the founder of the communist state, and follows AP's recent opening of a bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea, the first to be established by a western news organization.
 
The show includes a compelling mix of 79 archival and contemporary images designed to show what life is like in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
 
Unique access to the KCNA photo archive offers images illuminating the history of the DPRK, including visits by dignitaries over the years, landscapes, culture and everyday life.
 
In addition, AP images, both historic and contemporary, show the country through the eyes of non-Korean photojournalists, including AP Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder, who has made numerous reporting trips to North Korea since 2010.
 
Photos taken by KCNA photographers who participated in a joint workshop led by AP instructors last October are also in the mix.
 
Visiting hours are Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule an appointment or to arrange a group visit, please contact the gallery directly.

The 8th Floor is a private gallery and event space established to promote cultural and philanthropic initiatives. For the past two years, The 8th Floor has presented a range of art and related activities geared to promote various artists and foster cultural dialogue.
 
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
 
For further information:
 
The Associated Press:
Paul Colford, Director of Media Relations, (212) 621-1720
 
The 8th Floor:
Anna Gonick, Gallery Associate, (646) 839-5908


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