David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic photography fellow, focusing on geopolitics, conservation and culture. He has spent the past 20 years of his career based outside of his native United States, living abroad and working in more than 75 countries around the world. He is the only western photographer to have had regular access to North Korea, making more than 40 trips to the otherwise-isolated country. Guttenfelder has covered major conservation stories, including the fate of Japanese refugees after the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, the damming of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and the killing of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean.
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