It's the year 106 in North Korea, based on the birth of their leader Kim Il Sung. Reverence of the Kim family permeates every aspect of life in North Korea, from the elaborate performances in celebration of victories and accomplishments to the ubiquitous statues and portraits of the Kims. Traveling to North Korea makes you think, not about what you've witnessed, but about what is behind the strictly monitored facade. The official tourism agency keeps a tight rein on tourists, so what is seen is a very limited view of the country. The photos in this gallery depict only what the leadership permits us to see. As a photographer I am very reluctant about presenting this body of work and in a way supporting the regime's charade. So when viewing these photos, please consider that this country is an iceberg. Most of its substance is under the surface.