German photographer’s photos of Hanoi on display

HCMC – An exhibition featuring photos of Hanoi taken by world-renowned German photographer Thomas Billhardt between 1967 and 1975 is currently taking place at the Manzi Exhibition Space and the Manzi Art Space in Hanoi.

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Visitors look at Thomas Billhardt’s photos displayed at the “Hanoi 1967- 1975” exhibition – PHOTO: COURTESY OF ORGANIZER

On display are 130 black-and-white and color photos taken during Billhardt’s six trips to Vietnam, depicting the daily life of the people of Hanoi half a century ago, which was steeped in hardship but was also full of care and love.

“Thomas’s photos hold up a mirror to the world, while also strengthening hope. They tell 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 the Goethe-Institut, said about the exhibition.

Born in May 1937 in Chemnitz, Billhardt is one of the most acclaimed German photographers. He is best known for his photos of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.

The “Hanoi 1967- 1975” exhibition will go on until November 15 and offers free admission.

Below are some photos on display at the exhibition.