North Korea Caught in Time
“Chris Springer in assembling this remarkable book had to come to grips with the fact that, because of official strictures that severely limited photography … there are few remaining photos from the period covered that were not disseminated by the regime’s own propaganda authorities. … Anyone interested in North Korea’s early days will want to own and peruse this revealing volume and shelve it next to the mere handful of earlier published pictorial histories...”Bradley K. Martin, author of Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
“An important visual record of North Korea’s history and development.”Don Oberdorfer, author of The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History
"the photos in this book have rarely -- or in some cases, never -- been seen in print", "North Korean Time Capsul"Korea Quarterly, p 45-45, Summer 2010
“Chris Springer’s fascinating book is full of unseen, unexpected, and arresting photographs of North Korea in the midst of war and reconstruction. [...] These priceless photos are an indelible tribute to the resilience of the Korean people.”Bruce Cumings, chair of the History Department at the University of Chicago, and author of Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History
Balazs Szalontai offers what can only be called a gem of an essay... Chris Springer is to be commended for bringing these largely unknown photographs to publication.Daniel C. Kane, Korean Studies, 2011
North Korea Caught in Time offers a dramatic window into the trauma, hope and energy of North Korea during war and reconstruction.Charles K. Armstrong, Journal of Asian Studies, May 2011
For those interested in understanding how North Korea came to form its self-identity through the upheavals of [the 1950s], the collection of photographs presented in the volume under review here is a valuable and welcome resource.Jongsoo James Lee, Journal of Cold War Studies, Spring 2012
The tumultuous past of the world’s most secretive nation is revealed in this unique photographic collection.
North Korea has been described as “the land that never changes”. But its early years witnessed unimaginable turbulence, both in the devastation of the Korean War and in the postwar ferment in which military interventions by the Chinese and the Americans both played a part.
Comprising more than 150 rare photos – most never before seen in print – North Korea Caught in Time documents the country’s destruction and painful rebirth. The accompanying text analyzes the regime’s totalitarian ethos and highlights their many official distortions of history.