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Blue Sky Days: The largest photo essay published in Harper’s Magazine’s 164-year history

My project Blue Sky Days, which reveals a drone’s-eye view of America, is the longest photo story which has ever run in Harper’s Magazine since they started publishing in 1850. The April issue features a 16-page spread of black and white aerial images. The article’s introduction text, written by Anthony Lydgate, is posted below. A subscription is required to access…  read more.


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Publication: NBC News, North Korea Escapees Break Silence

  NBC News published my portraits and in-depth interviews of four individuals who have escaped from North Korea. Excerpts of the full article are below. . . .   Shin Dong-hyuk’s story is unique. He is the only North Korean known to have escaped alive after being born and brought up inside an internment camp. Shin doesn’t know why his…  read more.


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Publication: National Geographic NL, Half Belgium

National Geographic magazine’s Dutch language edition published a 23-page feature of my photos and writing about Belgium’s language boarder in the September 2013 print issue. View Gallery


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Publication: Harper’s, Shenzhen, Instant City

Harper’s magazine published a spread of photos from Shenzhen, China accompanying the article “Instant City” by Nicolai Ouroussoff in the June 2013 print issue. View Gallery


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Radio Interview: Photos from the Edge on The Story

I was interviewed about my project tracing North Korea’s borders by Dick Gordon on The Story. You can listen to the 18 minute radio segment here.


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Review: NPR, Behind the Curtains book

  NPR’s Coburn Dukehart reviewed my book, Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism. The full review is copied below:   I was a few minutes late calling Tomas van Houtryve for our scheduled interview because I couldn’t put his book down. I was reading about how he entered North Korea with an illegal American passport and had to concoct an…  read more.


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Publication: TIME.com, The Alien Beauty of Socotra

TIME.com has posted my photo essay from Socotra island in Yemen:


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Interview: The Great Leap Backwards on CBC Radio’s Dispatches

An interview about my photography of Red Tourism in China was recently broadcast on Canadian Radio as part of the CBC foreign affairs program, Dispatches. CBC came across the photos published in the latest edition of Foreign Policy magazine. FP’s edit can be seen at the link below: Foreign Policy: Maostalgia


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Publication: TIME.com, Rare Pictures from Inside North Korea

Another photo essay from my trips to North Korea posted on the TIME website.


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