North Koreans Have Wedding Photographers, Too

North Korea is a mysterious country isolated from the rest of the world. German photojournalist Julia Leeb traveled to the closed country to better understand its culture and people. Her book North Korea:Anonymous Country is an illustrated examination of North Korea’s architecture, culture, and society. She shows celebrations for the 100th birthday of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, and follow hundreds of North Koreans as they participate in a synchronized dance spectacle. She talks about ordinary life and everyday scenes that are are somehow quite different. 

In front of the Minsok Folk Hotel in Kaesong. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
In front of the Minsok Folk Hotel in Kaesong. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
A bride and groom in Kaesong pose for a wedding photo. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
A bride and groom in Kaesong pose for a wedding photo. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
North Korea and its protector: China. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
North Korea and its protector: China. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
The first communist dynasty takes its course. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
The first communist dynasty takes its course. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
A ruler cult with religious overtones. You can take pictures of the statues, but only the entire figure and only from the front. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
A ruler cult with religious overtones. You can take pictures of the statues, but only the entire figure and only from the front. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
A rare sight: A bride wearing a traditional dress in the seaport of Nampho. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
A rare sight: A bride wearing a traditional dress in the seaport of Nampho. From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.
Schoolgirl with the insignia of the “Beloved Leader.” From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb.
Schoolgirl with the insignia of the “Beloved Leader.” From North Korea: Anonymous Country by Julia Leeb. Photograph by Julia Leeb. Courtesy of teNeus.