May 1, 2013
Researcher and Photoshop mastermind Nickolay Lamm has done it again. After remarkably re-imagining America’s coastal cities under rising sea levels (see the GIFs here), the Pittsburgh-based digital artist took to his computer-cum-city wrecker once more to imagine the famous sights of New York City, such as the bright lights of its night skyline, as they would appear in everyone’s favorite authoritarian curiosity and headline darling, the North Korean capital city Pyongyang.
Inspired by Pyongyang’s reputation for being a “sight to behold” because ”no artificial lighting competes with the intensity of the stars,” as described by Barbara Demick in her book Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Lamm used Photoshop to rob New York of its glittering lights and modify social behaviors and tourist landmarks of Times Square. Click through to see!