Here Are Some Stunning Photos of North Korea from TIME’s Instagram Photog of the Year

    December 19, 2013
    Josh Wolford

TIME magazine recently named David Guttenfelder, the AP’s chief Asia photographer, “Instagram Photographer of the Year” – an award that would have confused most people a few year ago. Sure, it’s a new medium – but why not give credit where credit is due. Guttenfelder, who exclusively captures via iPhone, has an incredible photostream on the Facebook-owned social network.

That’s because in 2013 Guttenfelder gained exclusive access to North Korea, allowing him to take photographs from one of the most well-guarded countries in the world (if not the most).

“Nobody knows anything about [North Korea] and what it looks like,” Guttenfelder told TIME. “I feel like there’s a big opportunity and a big responsibility.”

Let’s take a look at some stunning images from the DPRK, courtesy of Guttenfelder’s Instagram feed: