Photo Gallery: A Rare Glimpse of North Korea 12/20/2011
  Most images the West sees of North Korea are propaganda shots. Press...
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Most images the West sees of North Korea are propaganda shots. Press photographs, when they are allowed, typically face a barrage of restrictions. Jean H. Lee, the Associated Press Bureau Chief in Seoul, and David Guttenfelder, AP Photographer, were among the first western journalists allowed to travel freely in the capital Pyongyang. They were permitted to join a troop of local journalists, viewing society without the censorship of government representatives. The pictures taken in Spring 2011 reveal everyday life under a dictatorship. Here a young girl practices piano in her primary school.