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At last! Vintage North Korean propaganda posters for sale…

I made the first of four trips to North Korea in 1995. The utterly surreal experience of immersion into the world’s most secretive and impenetrable country – a deeply psychedelic adventure without the nuisance of ingesting halluginogens – is reinforced by the omnipresence of spectacular propaganda images, whether they be hoardings in Pyongyang acclaiming the achievements of Leaders both Great and Dear, denunciations of the actions of “the US imperialist aggressor”, or huge billboards in the middle of the fields of the rural DPRK encouraging agricultural workers to higher endeavour and another “bumper harvest”.

The remarkable images are produced at a government studio in Pyongyang – The Mansundae Art Studio – in which artists paint these things around the clock, copies of which are then used to make everything from postage stamps to 30 metre high billboards around the city.

Even to the few westerners who manage to get into North Korea, these posters are not generally available. They are not on sale, even there. I had asked my minders, on my first two visits, if it was possible to buy propaganda images, and I was told it was not.

However, on my third trip to the country, a government official quietly slipped me a bundle of posters. I was astonished. They were not just prints but the artists’ originals, painted onto heavy guage paper, and all noisily vivid, eye-catching, and huge.

All the posters here date from the late 1990s and the regime of Kim Jong Il. None of the artists is named. No poster is signed. That’s because the identity of the artists is not regarded as important in North Korea. Only the message their handiwork conveys, in the service of the state, matters.

Those originals I have now had scanned in high resolution and printed, by the Giclee process, onto Fuji Film Fine Art Photo Paper, and using Epson archival inks which don’t fade. They are stunning.

Other posters may be added soon. And I still have the artists’ originals. If you’d be interested in buying one of those, please email me through the Contact page.

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
112cm x 79cm (44″ x 31″)

If the US imperialist aggressors stupidly attack us, they will be severely punished.

Product ID: NK1
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
112cm x 85cm. (44″ x 33.5″)

The reinforcements are the true patriots.

Product ID: NK5
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
112cm x 81cm (44″ x32″)

Let us create new innovations in rail transport.

Product ID: NK6
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
112cm x 79cm (44″ x 31″)

Let us kick out the US imperialist aggressor and unify our country.

Product ID: NK2
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
112cm x 79cm (44″ x 31″)

Let us always be in a state of emergency!

Product ID: NK3
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

Giclée print. Mansundae Art Studio, Pyongyang.
Artist unknown. Late 1990s.
110cm x 80cm. (43″ x 31.5″)

Let us ensure our duty to be a citizens of the country of the Great Leader.

Product ID: NK4
£170.00
(including packaging and postage)

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