Setting the Stage

A  collaboration with Dutch photographer Eddo Hartmann

A project documenting the North Korean architectural endeavour to shape the ultimate socialist city and the lives of the people therein. The photographic book Setting the Stage was published in 2017

Setting the Stage book cover

Setting the Stage
Eddo Hartmann
2017

Setting the stage

“A considered, slow-burning meditation – one fascinated with public space.”

TIME magazine

About the Book

Pyongyang was designed to be a city where every North Korean would feel like a truly modern socialist – the architecture proposed to speak the language of socialism and progress to all its citizens. Setting the Stage, is Hartmann’s exploration of the line between fact and fiction as seen through the lens of Pyongyang’s architecture. Hartmann’s exploration of the stage-like nature of Pyongyang’s architecture, required multiple trips and corresponding red tape but our Korean colleagues liked his work and permissions were given.

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Limited edition prints available, please contact us for details

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