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3DPRK

Matjaž Tančič

Jiazazhi Press

195 × 155 × 65 mm
64 Pages, Hardcover with silk-screen printing
with 3D glasses, 64 pieces of 3D cards, 5 pieces of 3D postcards and introduction booklet inside
First edition of 1000

3DPRK is a collaborative project between Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič and Beijing-based North Korean art specialists Koryo Studio.

The resulting series of portraits is the first time that local people from across the country have been photographed using a 3D stereoscopic technique. This landmark collection shows not only the relatively oft-photographed citizens of Pyongyang – North Korea’s showcase capital – but also those toiling in the fields of the co- operative farms, those living in Hamhung (North Korea’s second largest city) and those working in factories and steelworks across the country.

Tančič used 3D technique, that requires patience and understanding on the part of the subject – standing motionless for minutes while 2 photographs are captured to cover the requisite perspectives. In a country where people are understandably wary of the Western-wielded camera, and the guides – acting as facilitators, translators and assistants – are not naturally disposed to prolong the process of taking photographs in public spaces, this is no small task.

As with all portraits, these photographs depict living human beings, upon whose gaze you may project what you will. Each protagonist agreed to be photographed and was well aware that their image would be exhibited to a wider world. Perhaps it is the individual that shines out from these photographs; each portrait has its own distinct personality, ranging from disdain to pride.

It is the uniqueness and beauty of the 3D technique used for each photograph that ultimately highlights the individual nature of the people posing for each shot, and the various layers that make up the surreal theatrical set that is the DPRK today.

Matjaž Tančič (1982) is a Slovenian photographer, who lives and creates between Beijing and Ljubljana. He began his path as a photojournalist for Mladina magazine. He won a Sony World Photography Organisation 2013 contest in 3D category, and won a Slovenia Press Photo award 2012. He was among the 6 finalists in the 2009 "Google Photography Prize" contest.