Like many world leaders, Kim Jong Un is often photographed giving talks, inspecting schools and farms, and attending various ceremonies.
He is always surrounded by an entourage of acolytes, often senior military figures or government officials.
What is most intriguing is what his entourage is doing in nearly every single photo in which it appears with him.
They have notebooks open and pens out, ready to jot down any snippets of wisdom that the leader may bestow at any moment.
According to James Grayson, a Korea expert at the University of Sheffield, the note-taking is a tradition instigated by Kim’s grandfather Kim Il-sung.
“It’s part of the image of the great leader offering benevolent guidance,” Grayson told the BBC.