Item description for Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane & Nicholas Bonner...
Charlie Crane's large-format photographs of Pyongyang, the capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, were taken on three visits between 2005 and 2006. His landscapes and portraits are presented here in the manner of a guidebook, with an introduction by Crane's collaborator and producer, Nicholas Bonner, and with commentaries on the scenes depicted from interviews recorded with the city's official tourist guides.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.46 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Chris Boot
ISBN 1905712049 ISBN13 9781905712045
Availability 0 units.
More About Charlie Crane & Nicholas Bonner
Born in London in 1975, Charlie Crane became an advertising and editorial photographer when he was 20. His has photographed campaigns for Sony and Ford, and his editorial clients include the New York Times magazine and W. Crane won the Kodak Gold Award as 'best portrait photographer' of 1998 and exhibitions include at National Portrait Gallery, London.
Reviews - What do customers think about Welcome to Pyongyang?
A fascinating portrait of Pyongyang Jul 12, 2007
I am enjoying this book. THe photos and the stories are most interesting and the portraits of the North Korean people are fascinating. I am planning a trip to North Korea in August and this book is most helpful in preparing me for the sights I will see in Pyongyang as well as introduce me to some of the people I will meet. The author has done a splendid job in providing a comprehensive introduction to the DPRK as well as providing important cultural, historical and political insights. Welcome to Pyongyang is excellent in every way. The photos are magnificent and the information provided will help me understand the people of North Korea and their culture.
The Dear Leader's bestest ever book Jun 26, 2007
North Korea puts its best foot forward in this collection of Pyongyang folk presented in a `this is how we would like the world to see us' corporate style book. Of the sixty-four photos thirty-four are rather stiffly posed portraits of people you would probably see if you visited the capitol. All scrubbed up, neat and tidy and no doubt just waiting to happily serve any foreign visitor, especially business people who could help the country out of its ramshackle condition.
The other photos show various buildings and interiors mostly devoid of anyone. Was everybody hiding just in case photographer Charlie Crane might capture a person who didn't look immaculate? Even the fold-out of the Mansudae Grand Monument is empty despite the caption saying it is the first place people go to when they return to Pyongyang after a visit abroad. The cynical might conclude the plaza is empty because no one is allowed to go abroad.
Overall I thought the photos rather contrived and bland (the sun clearly didn't shine while Crane was there either) but probably just what the Dear Leader would approve of. A much more interesting look at Pyongyang is provided by photographer Philippe Chancel in his book North Korea with 129 color images. Frequently a building is featured in both books but Chancel was lucky enough to have the locals going about their business when he took his shots.
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