Photographer's Note

In April 1995 I was sent by my company to Vietnam to write stories ahead of the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war. I had been to Vietnam as a tourist less than two years earlier, the first year that foreigners were allowed to travel freely and individually in Vietnam. I liked it so much that I decided to return as soon as possible, I just needed somebody else to pay. The anniversary proved to be a fine excuse.

It was one of the nicest assignments I ever had. For three weeks I travelled through the country, from Hanoi to Saigon, writing the stories of my own choice with no need for the stressful daily hunt for news. I only occasionally even bothered to keep in touch with my office. I had a great time!

I met lots of interesting people and saw interesting places connected with the war or recent developments in the country. Unfortunately most of the pictures I took were supposed to fit my stories and interviews and were not terribly interesting out of that context. I didn't have much time for regular sightseeing or just strolling the streets looking for photos.

When sorting out my photos from this journey I found just a handful worth scanning and posting here. I start my journey today with three pictures from the streets of Hanoi, the kind of unimportant glimpses of daily life of ordinary people that I usually prefer to register. Apart from this woman selling hats in a street, after finishing her lunch of noodle soup, you will find two workshops. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version of the hat lady.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12564 W: 572 N: 24079] (102800)
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