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April 9, 2012
Photo exhibit documents life inside North Korea

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a simple scene that repeats itself around the world.

A man gently lifts a small child by the arms as they reach the top of the escalator inside a modern department store. In this particular photograph, the man and the child are in Pyongyang, capital of the communist country where life's daily activities are largely a mystery to the rest of the world.

A photo exhibit that opened Thursday, March 15, at a gallery in New York includes images such as these, as well as magnificent landscapes, drab cityscapes and visits by foreign dignitaries.

"Daily life is really what I try to focus on when I'm there. ... It's unscripted, it's candid," said AP Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder, who took some of the photographs in the show, and who has made who has made many reporting trips to North Korea since 2010. "For people to see their own life in other people's lives, I think it has a lot of power to break down barriers."

"Windows on North Korea: Photographs From the DPRK," is a joint exhibition by The Associated Press and the state-run Korean Central News Agency, and features a mix of archival and contemporary images.

Below are recent images made by Guttenfelder and photographer Ng Han Guan, both of whom have images in the exhibition.

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North Korean women work in a thread factory in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean women work in a thread factory in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean commuters ride inside a trolly car in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean residents walk past billboards in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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North Korean workers construct the foundations for a construction site in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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A North Korean woman cleans up calligraphy on a commemorative plaque in honor of late President Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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A green sheet covers a building under construction in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean woman reads from a book on a street in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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North Korean residents carry plastic flowers to attend rehearsals ahead of festivities in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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A North Korean woman cleans a portrait of the late North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il, right, and Kim Il Sung at an office in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012. AP / Ng Han Guan
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The sun is reflected from the top of the 105-floor Ryugyong Hotel, which remains under construction, in Pyongyang, North Korea on on Sunday, April 1, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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Snow blankets the town of Samjiyon, North Korea at the foot of Mt. Paektu on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean children run through the village of Rimyongsu near Rimyongsu Falls in North Korea, on Wednesday April 4, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean soldier working as a guide walks through a forest that is said to be a former camp site where the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung overnighted while leading a battle against the Japanese at the foot of Mount Paektu, North Korea on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean men carry wooden snow shovels as they walk along a snowy road at the foot of Mt. Paektu near Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean men carry wooden snow shovels as they walk along a snowy path in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean man clears snow from a path next to a monument at the site of the Samjiyon Grand Monument in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A bronze monument of the late North Koran leader Kim Il Sung stands at the Samjiyon Grand Monument area in Samjiyon, North Korea at the base of Mount Paektu on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean men, who work for a hotel cooking potatoes in a locally traditional way for guests, sit next to a fire near Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A sign to teach North Korean students about wartime survival hangs on a wall at the Samjiyon Schoolchildren's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon Schoolchildrens' Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean students practice playing accordions at the Samjiyon Schoolchildren's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean students practice basketball at the Samjiyon Schoolchildren's Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean woman uses a pointer to show areas of interest on a diorama at a museum in Samjiyon, North Korea on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. AP / David Guttenfelder

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