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Neighborhood Watch
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Villagers from Daeseong-dong, population 225, require the protection of South Korean soldiers as they picnic a few hundred yards from the North Korean border. Farmers from Daeseong-dong—the only village inside the southern half of the DMZ—own the largest rice farms in South Korea, a perk provided by the government to keep the town inhabited. In exchange, residents must obey an 11 p.m. curfew and spend at least eight months a year in the village or lose their homes.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS IV
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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