3D Project | Look into the World’s Most Isolated Nation
Unprecedented access to North Korea allowed Slovenian photographer, Matjaz Tancic, to launch his 3D photo project 3DPRK.
With a previous award in the 3D category at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, the Beijing-based photographer installed this collection with just 66 photo slides and a simple plastic 3D viewer.
Tancic’s partnership with the North Korean cultural exchange organization, Koryo Studio, gave him a rare window into the lives of regular people who are underrepresented on a global scale.
According to Tancic, "it then took eight months to get all the permissions and fix all the locations we wanted to see.
I selected locations where I knew we would be able to see people, and locations that had only been recently opened [to foreigners] so we could get the most exclusive view of the country possible."
Tancic’s collection of images has been exhibited in Hong Kong, New York, Russia, France, and Switzerland, amongst other places.
When asked why he chose this project in particular, Tancic said:
“Because nobody knows much about North Korea, and even less about its people.
"You always just hear the stereotypes about how brainwashed they are or even the completely opposite propaganda from the government about how brilliant everyone is.
So I wanted to discover what these people are really like and make this a very personal project," says Tancic.
In exploring these glimpses of North Korean citizens, Tancic attempted to capture real moments of the
“people with the least personal agency on Earth – decision-making at most levels of their lives is governed by the politics and principles of the state.”
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