The Last Paradise
Photographs of Contemporary North Korea
By Nicolas Righetti
Essay by Orville Schell
"WE ARE HAPPY"—the first sentence translated for me when I arrived on the tarmac in Pyongyang, an enormous slogan written in Korean; white script on a red background. I am happy too. I feel moved to be here, to have finally managed to set foot into one of the most reclusive states in the world. It has only taken nine years of maneuvering to get a visa and four invitations extended through official channels. Four trips there and back, each proving to be more alike each time, yet somehow never ceasing to astound.