Instagram and DPRK pictures and propaganda
Recently, I’ve been in Seoul visiting some Koreans friends I met while I was studying in Beijing few years ago. We had a bunch of good discussions about various subjects such as digital, Seoul life, conscriptions (young South Koreans males are required to do a 2-year mandatory military service, read this Wikipedia article for more info) and North Korea.
Truth to be said, their hope for a reunification is near to non-existent. And when we try to compare this situation to the West vs. East Germany, we realize that Korean peninsula situation is far more complicated, and solutions much more difficult to find.
Having said this, while browsing Instagram, I started to search for #dprk (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea a.k.a. North Korea) and I found one Instagram account, instadprk, posting loads of pictures with extensive descriptions. Although it seems that this account is held by an individual, the quality of pictures and the exhaustivity of description sound like a direct link with an insider of the country’s propaganda services.
“Builders of the Huichon Hydroelectric Powerstation.” (source)
“Preparing large pots of KimChi.” (source)
Compared to the self proclaimed “official” Instagram account (http://instagram.com/northkorea_dprk_officialsite/), where the pictures are much more in line with the usual official news we get from this enigmatic country, instadprk offers an interesting immersion in North Korea daily life.
EDIT (April 18th, 2013): the link to the above-mentioned account is not available anymore… (http://instagram.com/instadprk/)