Tomas van Houtryve | Behind the Curtains

PRIVATE 57, p. 32-33 (32-35)

Tomas van Houtryve, Behind the Curtains, PRIVATE 57, p. 32-33 (32-35)


In several nations across the globe, the Communist Party has managed to hold on, mutate and adapt to the 21st century. Whether due to unaddressed class inequality, nostalgia or the steel fist of totalitarianism, these places continue to resist against the tides of history.

Over the course of seven years, award-winning documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve secured unprecedented access to North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Moldova. He discovered a secretive world of revolutionaries, spies, opposition fighters and ordinary workers.

His photographs explore the gulf between the high ideals of communism and its complex present day reality.



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