Hanoi after the War is a portrait of hardship, poverty and endurance, but also of an ancient culture, of brave and resilient people, of beauty amidst the austerity. Photographer John Ramsden guides us through poignant accounts of an unforgettable time and place:
"The Hanoi I knew after the war - a subdued place, though of wistful beauty - is now a booming modern city. This is a journey back in time, to a city exhausted by forty years of conflict. The people whose lives are pictured here fought through the war and endured the hardships that followed. Though I could observe their daily life, any meaningful contact with the local people was forbidden in those Cold War days. The stories told in these pages take us into the inner world of the Vietnamese: bitter-sweet memories of a time which now seems vanishingly distant." - John Ramsden
About the Author
John Ramsden lived in Hanoi from 1980-82, as part of the British Embassy. He spent the rest of his career in Europe. His photographs of Hanoi were the subject of an exhibition in 2013 (in London and Hanoi). He is now retired and divides his time between London and France.