Carl De Keyzer's Korean Grand Tour

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Current Exhibition

Carl De Keyzer’s Korean Grand Tour

Carl De Keyzer's series documenting daily life in one of the most heavily restricted and isolated countries in the world will be exhibited in Gent

Carl De Keyzer

Carl De Keyzer Pyongyang, DPR KoreaFather and son sit down for a rest in front of the April 25th House of Culture; Pyongyang. April 25th is the founding date of the Korean People’s Army, and the enormous struct (...)

North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is one of the hardest places in the world to photograph.

Thousands of Westerners visit the DPRK on authorized tours each year, but have to follow strict guidelines when taking pictures. As the foreign press is heavily sanctioned, professional photographers are often barred from these trips.

Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer is one of very few to have been given unprecedented access to the DPRK. An opportunity that was made possible by the British-run Koryo Group, which has been taking people to the DPRK since 1993 and whose aim is to encourage people-to-people engagement through travel, culture, sport and humanitarian projects.

The Citadelpark in Gent is set to exhibit the photographers series “D.P.R. Korea Grand Tour”, which dates from 2015. Images taken over the course of four journeys totaling sixty days will be on display, showing De Keyzer and his Korean guides travels through the length and breadth of the country, observing the place and its people.

De Keyzer visited more than 200 locations, traveling to every single one of the country’s provinces. The result is a unique and often very surprising view of one of the world’s most complex, concealed and confusing countries.

Open from 11 am–7 pm.
Closed on Mondays. Please note, also closed between February 21th – February 28th, 2018

A book published by Lannoo / Belgium is also available.