Tian Yi Bin (China)
Born in Deqing China and Tian Yi Bin currently lives in Beijing. In the Spring of last year (2005) he visited Pyongyang as a tourist.. It was during this visit that he made his series of depicting mass demonstrations in celebration of the lArirang Festival which is one of largest annual events. The synchronized ecstasy of the smiling individuals depicted en masse in the photographs conveys a strange sense of suspension. This contrived social facade is in strong contrast to the reality of individual lives.
Daniel Gordon (UK)
Entitled 'A State of Mind', the film provides a rare glimpse into what is one of the world's least known societies. The new film follows two young gymnasts and their families for over eight months in the lead up to the Mass Games. The socialist realism spectacular involves a cast of thousands in the biggest and most elaborate human performance on earth. To quote Daniel Gordon in a interview with BBC4," The object of the film was to show these people's daily lives. We know absolutely nothing about them and the film offers a small window on a quite privileged world within the capital city which is still not the best it can be. "
Toen Voeten (Netherlands)
Born in 1961 and lives in Brussels as a correspondent. He presents a journalistic perspective of the urban environment of North Korea from within and without constricted by time and place. He has traveled widely as a correspondent for such publications as National Geography and News Week, covering events in Yugoslavia, Haiti, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, North Korea, Iraq and Liberia.
Park Chan Kyung (South Korea)
Because he was personally unable to visit Pyongyang, the artist requested a South Korean journalist (who had obtained permission) to take film footage which the artist edited. The film, which includes Yoon Oh Sang's sound track - is called, "Flying" and explores the poetics of return and departure.
Guy Delisle (Canada) In 2001, French-Canadian cartoonist Delisle traveled to North Korea on a work visa to supervise the animation of a children's cartoon show .
His new book, Pyongyang, "A Journey in North Korea," is a wry observation of an impossibly foreign culture. His two month stay in Pyongyang is characterized best by the monotony of life in a glass jar while he is escorted to official destinations by his handlers. Pyongyang provides a humorous insight into aspects of North Korean society as gleaned within the absurd restrictions imposed on the authors stay.
Armin Linke (Italy)
Born in Italy, he lives in Milano - In 2005 spring, he and the Domus, Italian architecture magazine team were invited by the Pyongyang City to research and to explore the architecture and urban environment in Pyongyang city. His images of cityscapes are utopian non-places of surreal atmosphere. His images of collective human movement are based on geopolitical issues.