N. Korea’s Mass Games or 100,000 Human Pixels

Photographer Sam Gellman recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea where he was lucky enough to witness and photograph the Mass Games in Pyongyang – a propaganda-filled synchronized performance done by 100,000 people.

“Photos from a four day trip in North Korea – September 9-12, 2011. Our guides were great but also quite conscious of every step we took. So some of these images are more documentary than anything else.”

“It was an amazing four days though and a unique opportunity to see how a country separated from the rest of the world functions. While the propaganda was more than I expected, there were some moments, like bumper cars at a theme park with soldiers and their kids, that were good reminders that people are people, whether in North Korea, the US, Hong Kong or anywhere.