In several nations across the globe, the Communist Party has managed to hold on, mutate and adapt to the 21st century. Whether due to unaddressed class inequality, nostalgia or the steel fist of totalitarianism, these places continue to resist against the tides of history.

Over the course of seven years, award-winning documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve secured unprecedented access to North Korea, Cuba, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Moldova. He discovered a secretive world of revolutionaries, spies, opposition fighters and ordinary workers. His photographs explore the gulf between the high ideals of communism and its complex present day reality.

Foreword by philosopher Tzvetan Todorov.

Publisher: Editions Intervalles
Hardbound, 288 Pages
First Edition 2012

  Behind the Curtains of XXI Century Communism  

Awards for the complete Behind the Curtains series:

• POYi World Understanding Award Winner
• POYi Best Photography Book, Finalist
• PBN Photo Book Now, Honorable Mention
• Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Finalist

Awards for photographs from individual chapters of the book:

Chapter 1: Nepal
• Aperture Portfolio Prize
• POYi Award of Excellence
• POYi Award of Excellence
• Perpignan Young Photographer Award
• Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents

Chapter 2: North Korea
• POYi Award of Excellence

Chapter 4: Moldova
• POYi Third Place Picture Story

Chapter 5: Laos
• Amnesty Human Rights Press Awards