October 20, 2013

Pyongyang Mass Games, North Korea

Photograph by David Guttenfelder

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Children mobilized for the annual mass games in Pyongyang, North Korea, act as pixels to portray a happy patriot in uniform.

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29 comments
Mozart Jr
Mozart Jr

It must be nice some of this children see the photo and says: "- look! that´s me, in the center of the right eye..."  :)

Laurentiu Cosma
Laurentiu Cosma

I don't know how someone can find this chilling or amazing. Just the idea that some children are brainwashed into doing this is horrific. Reminds me of the time our parents stood in the same posture just for making someone's point of view. I see a lot of sad children with the future decided and its not gonna be happy or exciting just some days passing and grey hair with a lot of questions about what if and why?

joy das
joy das

excellent coordination

Shannon T
Shannon T

That's coordination for you.

C. Mukumoto
C. Mukumoto

Compliance, politics and people.... A great photo.

Mat Millies
Mat Millies

North Korea the new made in China with cheaper human slave

Маламир Христов
Маламир Христов

What's so stunning and beautiful ?! The children are holding posters to form a child soldier which obeys and is happy. That's mindwashing in progress.

Max Tanner
Max Tanner

This is a nice photo, too bad its in North Korea, just out of curiosity, how do Nat Geo get this photo?

Parth Patel
Parth Patel

just awesome..........

no words to explain & describe.....


Linh Vo
Linh Vo

any kid that was in the wrong spot was shot in the head and the family was sent to labor camps


Raffaele Gardinali
Raffaele Gardinali

QUELLO CHE MI SORPRENDE NEL MODO DI VIVERE OGGI E' CHE SI PERDE LA SALUTE PER FARE I SOLDI.

POI PERDIAMO E SPERPERIAMO I SOLDI PER RECUPERARE LA SALUTE.

SI PENSA TANTO AL FUTURO CHE DIMENTICHIAMO DI VIVERE IL PRESENTE IN TALE MODO, NON RIUSCIAMO A VIVERE NE' IL PRESENTE , NE' IL FUTURO.

VIVIAMO COME SE NON DOVESSIMO MORIRE MAI E MUORIAMO COME SE NON AVESSIMO MAI VISSUTO .

sina lakzayi
sina lakzayi

its a perfect photo

Pyongyang Mass Games, North Korea

Pela Tiberiu
Pela Tiberiu

Horror ! Imi aduce aminte de 'EPOCA DE AUR' cand ne batea si pe noi soarele-n cap ...

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The concept of the ideal child being dressed in military garb is a little scary.  Juxtaposed against the cheery visage, I find this chilling.

Good clean shot, except for the oblique lines cutting through the image..

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses 

Angela Gustafson
Angela Gustafson

@J S  All over the world the 'child in military garb' is pretty normal- especially for young boys and teenagers. In the US you can buy pseudo military clothing at Walmart, it isn't officially sanctioned and we just don't make it as official looking, but it's part of our culture.

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