Using a flash to show staged scenes

A man having a go at a shooting game at Rungna Dolphinarium in North Korea, where families gathered to celebrate National Liberation Day on Aug 15. Above: Lunchtime on a boat on Taedong River, with the state TV channel broadcasting images of artiller
A man having a go at a shooting game at Rungna Dolphinarium in North Korea, where families gathered to celebrate National Liberation Day on Aug 15.PHOTOS: MAX PINCKERS
A man having a go at a shooting game at Rungna Dolphinarium in North Korea, where families gathered to celebrate National Liberation Day on Aug 15. Above: Lunchtime on a boat on Taedong River, with the state TV channel broadcasting images of artiller
Lunchtime on a boat on Taedong River, with the state TV channel broadcasting images of artillery, missiles and fighter jets.
A man having a go at a shooting game at Rungna Dolphinarium in North Korea, where families gathered to celebrate National Liberation Day on Aug 15. Above: Lunchtime on a boat on Taedong River, with the state TV channel broadcasting images of artiller
A military officer at the Demilitarised Zone.
A man having a go at a shooting game at Rungna Dolphinarium in North Korea, where families gathered to celebrate National Liberation Day on Aug 15. Above: Lunchtime on a boat on Taedong River, with the state TV channel broadcasting images of artiller
Students at the Pyongyang Orphans' Secondary School, which is housed in a new brick-and-steel complex.

Photographer uses artificial lights to add a theatrical and subversive layer to the photos he took in North Korea

In August 2017, amid an escalating war of words between the United States and North Korea, Belgian photographer Max Pinckers went on a four-day assignment to Pyong-yang for The New Yorker weekly magazine.

He went there with his wife and assistant Victoria Gonzalez-Figueras, together with American journalist Evan Osnos.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Using a flash to show staged scenes'. Print Edition | Subscribe