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31.05.2019

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The photographer has frequently travelled to North Korea. On one occasion, she had the chance to photo-graph alone. “The Helmut Sacher Café with fine coffee has been located at Kim-Il-sung Square for a few years. My group had already returned there and I made use of the situation to take pictures. One guide remained with me. After ten minutes, he became restless and asked me to come along later, as he also wanted a cappuccino. That was pretty unusual and had never happened before.”

You can learn more about Xiomara Bender's work in LFI 4/2019.
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Xiomara Bender

Born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1987, she spent some time in India before finishing her high school education, then studying at the University of Art and Design in Berlin. She has worked as a freelance photographer ever since. Her volume North Korea. The Power of Dreams (released by Kehrer Publishing in 2016) was selected for the 2018 Hochschule der Medien Photo Book Award. The series was exhibited in numerous galleries and featured in major magazines.

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