Inside North Korea: Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life Made More so by Just How Ordinary They Are

AFP photographer Ed Jones is one of the few Western journalists allowed to enter North Korea on a regular basis.
Pyongyang swimmers, North Korea
Inside North Korea: Extraordinary Photos of Everyday Life Made More so by Just How Ordinary They Are Ed Jones/AFP

Ed Jones, an AFP photographer, much of the past year in and out of North Korea capturing images of mass military parades and spectacular propaganda events venerating the country's leaders past and present as well as daily life on the streets of Pyongyang. Many of his photographs are remarkable for just how unremarkable everything seems. A sample can be viewed here.

Pyongyang swimmers, North Korea
Swimmers walk between pools at a water park in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP