The Surreal Pastel Symmetry of Pyongyang

French-born, Singapore-based photographer Raphael Olivier captures a surreal symmetrical vision of the architecture and urban landscape of North Korea’s capital in his series ‘Vintage Socialist Architecture’.

Olivier spent a week discovering Pyongyang, and was enthralled by its “spectacular architecture, unique pastel colours, impeccable symmetrical designs.” He continues, “The place is bare, raw, and radiates a powerful energy of its own. This is what intrigued me.” Focussing his practice on urban documentary, the photographer has captured his extensive travels throughout Asia, and has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Nike and Samsung. See more of his striking work here.

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All images © Raphael Olivier

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