National Geographic : 2008 Jun
PH OTO J O URNAL I YANNIS KONTOS As our train clattered through a station not far from the capital, I secretly snapped this shot. Who are these men? Maybe they're railway workers on a break. Maybe not. I didn't dare ask. Too many questions would arouse suspicion. As a result, many of my pictures remain enigmatic to me-like a silent movie without subtitles. Lush crops line this stretch of track, but on a train trip across the countryside, another truth emerged: Most farmers lash plows to animals, not tractors, and cut their fields with scythes. North Korea's fuel crisis keeps them from using what machinery they have. The country depends heavily on foreign food aid to avert widespread hunger.