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German photographer’s exhibition a snapshot of Hanoi from 1967 to 1975

Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 13:57 GMT+7
German photographer’s exhibition a snapshot of Hanoi from 1967 to 1975
People visit an exhibition featuring photos taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt in Hanoi, October 3, 2020. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

An exhibition in Hanoi, displaying photos -- featuring the Vietnamese capital city between 1967 and 1975 -- taken by world-renowned German photographer Thomas Billhardt has already attracted a large number of visitors.

The exhibition, co-organized by Goethe Institute, Camera Work, Nha Nam Publisher, and Manzi Art Space, is on display at the Manzi Exhibition Space at No. 2 Hang Bun Lane and at the Manzi Art Space at 14 Phan Huy Ich Street from October 3 to November 15.

One hundred and 30 black-and-white and color photos taken during Billhardt’s trips to Vietnam between 1967 and 1975 provide viewers with an unfiltered view into the daily activities of local people in Hanoi.

Photos taken during the American war in Vietnam in the late 1960s gave Billhardt world renown and critical recognition. 

“Thomas’s photos held up a mirror to the world while strengthening hope. They tell stories of the world’s social inequalities, of poverty, of suffering, of war, but also of the life and laughter of the people who live in it,” Wilfried Eckstein, director of Goethe-Institut, said during the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Saturday.

People visit an exhibition featuring photos taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt in Hanoi, October 3, 2020. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

People visit an exhibition featuring photos taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt in Hanoi, October 3, 2020. Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Speaking via a live video during the event, Billhardt shared his experience with Vietnamese people at that time and his love for the country and Hanoi.

On the occasion, the Goethe Institute and Nha Nam Publisher also announced the release of a photo book titled ‘Hanoi 1967-1975,’ in addition to a series of talks and film screenings.

Below are some notable images from the exhibition.

A man carries a baby on a bicycle in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

A man carries a baby on a bicycle in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

The photo book titled ‘Hanoi 1967-1975.’ Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

The photo book titled ‘Hanoi 1967-1975.’ Photo: Thien Dieu / Tuoi Tre

A man cycles on a street in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

A man cycles on a street in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

A woman and her son are seen in this photo taken in Hanoi by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

A woman and her son are seen in this photo taken in Hanoi by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1970s.

This photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt in 1975 captures Hong Ly – a girl in Hanoi.

This photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt in 1975 captures Hong Ly – a girl in Hanoi.

This photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1967-75 period captures a girl after school.

This photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1967-75 period captures a girl after school.

A man cycles past a propaganda wall painting in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1967-75 period.

A man cycles past a propaganda wall painting in Hanoi in this photo taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt during the 1967-75 period.

German photographer Thomas Billhardt poses for a photo with Doan Trang – the baby girl he captured in a photo in 1975 – in 1999.

German photographer Thomas Billhardt poses for a photo with Doan Trang – the baby girl he captured in a photo in 1975 – in 1999.

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