Carl De Keyzer’s ‘DPR Korea Grand Tour’ in Helmond
Carl de Keyzer’s portrait of in the last communist state from an ideological, political and cultural perspective goes on show in the Netherlands
North Korea may be the most enigmatic country in the world. With access for foreign media and tourists limited very restricted, glimpses of life in the last communist state from an ideological, political and cultural perspective in the world are rare and highly controlled. Nevertheless, Carl De Keyzer managed to spend 60 days during 4 trips in 2015 and 2017 crossing the breadth of the country, known officially as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Given almost unprecedented access, the Magnum photographer documented over 200 locations which his travel agent, Koryo Tours, took him to as their photographer. He captured the orderly architecture of tourist landmarks, state monuments, social spaces, and schools, the intimacies of private homes, and the stunning natural landscapes of the country, many of which had never been captured on camera before.
From June 17 until September 23, Helmond Museum will be exhibiting over 85 large-format colour photographs by Belgian Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer.