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Why North Korea’s capital is the ‘perfect science fiction film set’

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(CNN)French photographer Raphael Olivier is constantly in search of arresting visual stories — and travels far to see them in person.

Between commercial work, the Singapore-based photographer will often travel to far-flung or remote locations to produce personal photo series.
    In the past, he’s explored the messy, mass urban jungle of Chongqing, China as well as the country’s incessant drive to build — resulting, at times, to eerily deserted ghost towns.
    But this July, he turned his lens to a different country, visiting North Korea on an architecture tour organized by Beijing-based Koryo Tours.

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    It was definitely more rushed than other projects. The group was small and relaxed, only four people. We had 15 minutes to half an hour per site.
    I would have liked to explore more neighborhoods but there’s only so much you can do in a certain given time. There’s no time to shoot on tripods. I couldn’t have taken (photographs) on a film camera — this was a snapshot type of photo shoot.
    In your personal projects — why are you drawn to more remote locations?
    When you work commercially for six months, you need to get your head out of that. So I travel around, get fresh air.
    For me, I’m more impressed by these type of places. Thailand by the beach is okay. But I think I will always look for visually unique places — ones with a very special vibe. Places where you can stand there and feel ‘wow, this is amazing, what I’m seeing now?’

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/14/architecture/pyongyang-architecture/index.html

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