Rare photographic collection of Vietnamese life opens in London

Hoxton Arches Gallery 2-4 May 2013

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'Hanoi: Spirit of Place' exhibition, sponsored by Victoria Hotels & Resorts
©Sir John Ramsden

My beautiful picture

'Hanoi: Spirit of Place' exhibition, sponsored by Victoria Hotels & Resorts
©Sir John Ramsden

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'Hanoi: Spirit of Place' exhibition, sponsored by Victoria Hotels & Resorts
©Sir John Ramsden (Detail)

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'Hanoi: Spirit of Place' exhibition, sponsored by Victoria Hotels & Resorts
©Sir John Ramsden (Detail)

My beautiful picture

'Hanoi: Spirit of Place' exhibition, sponsored by Victoria Hotels & Resorts
©Sir John Ramsden

This is the first grand public showcase in London of a rare photographic collection of Hanoi during the post-war period between 1980 and 1983.  The stunning photographs, taken by Sir John Ramsden, a diplomat cum photographer, bring to life the spirit of Hanoi during a remarkable past, for which there are few comparable records.

‘Hanoi: Spirit of Place’ photography exhibition is to take place at Hoxton Arches Gallery, London E2 8HD from 2 to 4 May 2013. This event is co-organised by VietPro (Vietnamese Professional group in the UK) and KREU, a talented group of young Vietnamese designers and architects who study and work in the UK.

In the early 1980s, Vietnam was at the beginning of a difficult period following the war end. Sir John Ramsden, arriving in Hanoi as part of the British Diplomatic Service’s mission, found himself in the middle of the poverty-stricken and chaotic society. Amidst the post-war living environment, however, one could feel a sense of hope and a relentless fighting spirit of the Vietnamese people.

“It was a very difficult time, so I rather admire people,” he said. “Despite all the difficulties, people had great dignity and courage and managed to still uphold traditional values in a remarkable way.”

Sir John went for long walks around the city of Hanoi, bicycled out to the surrounding villages and made trips during the weekends, always bringing along his camera. More than 1,800 photographs of Hanoi had been taken as a result between 1980 and 1983.

Not until 2013 would these photographs be presented for the first time to the public. “Hanoi: Spirit of Place 2013 exhibition” coincides with the 40th year of Vietnam and UK diplomatic relation. The exhibition tour started at Vietnam Cultural day in Copenhagen and will conclude in Hanoi later this year.

For more information visit www.hanoispiritofplace.com

Venue:
Hoxton Arches Gallery
Arch 402
Cremer Street,
London E2 8HD
(nearest tube stations: Hoxton Overground and Old Street)

Dates:
Thursday – Friday (2&3-May): 10AM-5PM
Saturday (4-May): 10AM – 9PM
Free entry

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