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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 24 2017

About

Two year ago, I went on an adventurous journey into the most secretive country in the world - North Korea (or DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA). 

I even made history - by becoming the 1. Western photographer allowed to crossing the DMZ border by car!

I am now preparing a beautiful coffee-table book, and you can help me to realise this exciting project!

You may never been able to visit North Korea yourself - but you can easily get your name into my photo book about the DPRK (and get hold of a copy, of course)!

Please spread the word, and visit also our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/CFNK2017

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Let's begin with some fashion advise for the DPRK: I am sporting a Schweinsteiger jersey, while my wife Julia looks great in her bikini purchased somewhere in the North Korean countryside!
Let's begin with some fashion advise for the DPRK: I am sporting a Schweinsteiger jersey, while my wife Julia looks great in her bikini purchased somewhere in the North Korean countryside!

 

In August 2014, I was the only Western participant in an otherwise Russian-Korean group of 30 people who travelled by cars all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, and from there into an 8-day-adventure being North Korea.

As an highlight, our group got permission on their last day in North Korea to cross the Demilitarised Zone and to travel directly from Pyongyang to Seoul - where we got a full Red Carpet treatment and were greeted by the prime minister.

Is North Korea a shining example for democracy? Definitely not, quite the opposite. Moving (or photographing) FREELY is nearly impossible. Nevertheless, as I had the impression that we were granted a slightly bit more freedom on the trip (due to the "peace theme" of the whole trip) I wanted to focus on finding striking moments in everyday life.

Although restricted in shooting by the always-present government minders, I tried to snap whenever I felt unobserved. The result is a striking series of approx. 40 images, giving a glimpse on a country best described by Winston Churchill's verdict on Russia: “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

The book will include a few images which the border police ask me to delete (at the DMZ, between North and South Korea). However, I was able to regain them once we were in Seoul.

Title: Deleted I (image which was deleted on request by border police, but could be retrieved later). It shows a village inside the "secret zone" of the DMZ
Title: Deleted I (image which was deleted on request by border police, but could be retrieved later). It shows a village inside the "secret zone" of the DMZ

 

Deleted II. At the Joint Security Area, or JSA. The inner-Korean border goes straight through the table!
Deleted II. At the Joint Security Area, or JSA. The inner-Korean border goes straight through the table!

In March 2017, I will show my images and videos in a photo exhibition in Berlin, entitled “Crossing Frontiers: North Korea's Great Unknown”.

With the help of YOU, fellow Kickstarter supporters, I plan to produce a beautiful photo catalogue, which will include my images from North Korea, plus an essay.

It was not easy to drink this snake vodka
It was not easy to drink this snake vodka

Crossing Frontiers in the media:

UK

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4131606/Photographer-releases-images-North-Korean-officials-banned.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/having-fun-north-korea-rare-9645106

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/755839/North-Korea-secret-photos-revealed

Risks and challenges

I have successfully completed 3 crowdfunded book projects so far (on German platform Startnext), so my team and I are experienced to navigate through all the obstacles of the book-making-process.

We are teaming up with a seasoned designer and a quality printing house to get the results we aim for.

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    Unique photo BOOKMARK

    A beautiful bookmark made from a strip of a photo print (from the proofing of the exhibition prints for my Crossing Frontiers show in Berlin). With a handwritten 'thank you' on the backside.

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    POSTCARD from Pyongyang

    Signed postcard from Pyongyang

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    Arty SMARTPHONE COVER

    #Make100: Pimp up your smartphone with photo art (iPhone and Samsung Galaxy only): photo cover "Soldier on holy mountain Paektusan", limited to 100 covers total. Check out the "update" section for an illustration of this reward!

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    CROSSING FRONTIER - regular book copy

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    The BIBIMPAP experience

    Cook with us! We invite you and a friend to our Berlin studio, to prepare together the Korean signature dish Bibimbab (ingredients and liquor are on us!)

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    SIGNED copy of the book (+ MEDIUM print)

    Pre-order a SIGNED copy of book, plus medium-sized FINE ART print of a limited edition (50 + 3 A.P.)

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    Get a SIGNED copy of book, plus large FINE ART print, sized 75 x 50 cm, of a limited edition (10 + 2 A.P.)

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    Your PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

    I will be the personal photographer for you and your family, for up to 3 hours. Travel expenses apply for shootings beyond a 50-km-distance from Berlin.

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    Custom-made collector’s box, containing:

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    Your CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHER

    For a full day, I will shoot for your company: stunning portraiture, architecture or industry pics - consider it done! Travel expenses apply beyond a 50-km-distance from Berlin.

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    The YOU-ARE-THE-STORY experience

    A BOOK ABOUT YOU!

    We all have a unique story to share - tell your one through a photo book!

    We’ll first meet to discuss your ideas and to develop a concept on how to visualise the story of you (your family!? your company!?). Then we’ll start to create a beautiful photo book about YOU!

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