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"Illegal" direct photo of a soldier.

"Illegal" direct photo of a soldier.

Kids playing on the beach near Nampo City, North Korea

Kids playing on the beach near Nampo City, North Korea

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Waitresses outside a restaurant in Pyongyang. On the streets are young women in not-quite mini-skirts and teenage boys with baseball hats cocked sideways. Picture: Wong Maye-E/AP

Not allowed: It is forbidden to take pictures of North Korean people if they are not well dressed. For my guide this man was not well dressed enough to be photographed'

The images were taken by French photographer Eric Lafforgue who last visited the rogue state earlier this year.

Child labour: 'When times are hard (as they usually are here), children can be found worki...

"When times are hard (as they usually are here), kids can be found working for the farming collectives" - Eric Lafforgue (North Korea)

Eking a living: Although the regime has cracked down on the black market, the 'grey market...

North Korea, Eking a living: Although the regime has cracked down on the black market, the 'grey market', to which officials turn a blind eye, allow some to scratch a living

Smarten up! 'The way you dress is very important in North Korea. When I asked to take a picture of these students, the girl insisted that the man straighten his shirt'

Photographer Eric Lafforgue was banned for life for these photographs from North Korea he took and smuggled out of the country without the military knowing.

Odd: 'The officials took issue with this photo for two reasons: The teen is wearing his cap in a strange way (according to my guide), and there are soldiers in the background'

Pravda o Severní Koreji z pohledu turistů: Proč by se tam rádi vrátili?

Irritating: 'Perhaps the most ridiculous prohibition of all. When I took the picture, everybody started yelling at me. Since the painting was unfinished, I couldn¿t take the picture'

Photographer Eric Lafforgue was banned for life for these photographs from North Korea he took and smuggled out of the country without the military knowing.

Rare: 'Although cars are becoming widespread in Pyongyang, peasants aren't used to seeing them. Kids play in the middle of the main roads just like when they didn't exist'

There are only a few cars in the entire country - Banned Photos Showing The Real Life in North Korea Best of Web Shrine

Paranoia: 'North Koreans are very paranoid. I was asked to delete the picture since the guides were certain I would have said those people were homeless - they were just resting'

Check out these 27 banned photos taken by French photographer, Eric Lafforgue showing the real life in North Korea.

No flash: 'As we passed by these old buildings, the guides asked me not to shoot with flas...

‘One night, on the way back to the hotel my bus had to take an alternate route due to street closures. As we passed by old buildings, the guides asked me not to shoot with flash. The official reason was to avoid scaring people.