Made in North Korea: Graphics From Everyday Life in the DPRK

Spread showing tin labels in "Made in North Korea."
Spread showing tin labels in "Made in North Korea."
(Nicholas Bonner collection)
  • Made in North Korea by Nicholas Bonner.  Published by Phaidon

    Made in North Korea by Nicholas Bonner. Published by Phaidon

In a new book with 500 illustrations, North Korea is uncensored and unfiltered – ordinary life in the world's most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera.

"An insight into the banalities of a country's whose name is synonymous with the cult of personality, political and cultural oppression, and the threat of nuclear war." —Independent

The 240-page new release, Made in North Korea (Phaidon), by Nicholas Bonner, uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea - from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games.

From his base in Beijing, Bonner has been running tours into North Korea for over twenty years, and along the way collecting graphic ephemera. He has amassed thousands of items that, as a collection, provide an extraordinary and rare insight into North Korea's state-controlled graphic output, and the lives of ordinary North Koreans.

"Leaving North Korea is not like leaving any other country. It is more like leaving another universe. I will never truly be free of its gravity, no matter how far I journey." —Hyeonseo Lee, defector

 

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