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Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK

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Publisher: , 2017.
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From the publisher’s website:

North Korea uncensored and unfiltered – ordinary life in the world’s most secretive nation, captured in never-before-seen ephemera.

Made in North Korea uncovers the fascinating and surprisingly beautiful graphic culture of North Korea – from packaging to hotel brochures, luggage tags to tickets for the world-famous mass games. From his base in Beijing, Bonner has been running tours into North Korea for over twenty years, and along the way collecting graphic ephemera. He has amassed thousands of items that, as a collection, provide an extraordinary and rare insight into North Korea’s state-controlled graphic output, and the lives of ordinary North Koreans.

Nick Bonner studied landscape architecture in the UK. During a study trip to China in 1993 he visited North Korea and subsequently set up Koryo Tours, based in Beijing, specializing in tourism to the DPRK. Since 2001, Bonner has produced three documentaries on North Korea and a feature film.

LKL says:

Paul French, author of North Korea: State of Paranoia, cheekily commented: “Nobody has ever turned the accumulated rubbish under their bed into a better book.” It's nice to have on the shelf, and a good memento of the colourful exhibition that was held at The House of Illustration in London in 2018

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Read our review of this book here. Entry on Goodreads.com here.

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