Women mobilized to collect compost in cold weather. Photographed in central North Korea in mid-January, 2015 by Kim Dong-chul (ASIAPRESS)

Farmers riding a wagon loaded with lumber bound for the city. Most were women. Taken from across the Chinese border in the fall of 1998, during one of the worst famines. (ISHIMARU Jiro)

A wooden chimney, a crumbling roof. An image of a rural village in the countryside. A woman chops at a fir tree. Photographed in March, 2015 by Ri Jun (ASIAPRESS)