British architect obsessed with North Korean graphics

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British architect obsessed with North Korean graphics



Nicholas Bonner, a landscape architect from the UK who ended up travelling to North Korea over the past 25 years, has built up one of the largest collections of photographs and ephemera from North Korea — everything from metro tickets to stamps, postcards to luggage labels, tinned food labels to gift-wraps.

An exhibition of his archive, "Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life," is on show at Hongik Art Center in Daehang-no, from Dec. 22 to Apr. 7.


The Korea Times caught up with him to talk more about his extensive collection of North Korean artefacts as well as interesting stories he had to share based on his experience and interactions with North Koreans.



Nicholas Bonner, a landscape architect from the UK who ended up travelling to North Korea over the past 25 years, has built up one of the largest collections of photographs and ephemera from North Korea — everything from metro tickets to stamps, postcards to luggage labels, tinned food labels to gift-wraps.

An exhibition of his archive, "Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life," is on show at Hongik Art Center in Daehang-no, from Dec. 22 to Apr. 7.


The Korea Times caught up with him to talk more about his extensive collection of North Korean artefacts as well as interesting stories he had to share based on his experience and interactions with North Koreans.

Lee Min-young minlee@koreatimes.co.kr


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