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Invaluable photos of Vietnamese children 50 years ago

09:59 | 05/10/2020

Photos of Hanoi and Hanoian children taken by German photographer Thomas Billhardt half a century ago have given people a return ticket to the good old days.

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invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

The exhibition includes 130 photos taken by Thomas Billhardt. Photos of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s put Thomas Billhardt on the world photographers list. He was the first one to capture the horrors of the Vietnam War, especially on the face of innocent children.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Thomas first set foot on the country in 1962 and returned for 11 times. Photos taken during these trips were published in photo books: Pilots in Pyiama (1968), Aspiration of Peace in Vietnam (1973), Hanoi before Peace (1973), and Vietnamese Faces (1978).

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

His photos depict the social injustice, poverty, suffering, war, and an insight into Vietnamese people's lives and their smiles.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

As a photographer, Thomas Billhardt sought pure moments on the face of locals before knowing they would be captured in the camera.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

A group of children hanging out by Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the most iconic attractions in Hanoi now, was captured in Thomas's lens.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

A Hanoian baby girl in red velvet shirt was carried by her father on a bicycle on a cold winter day. The bicycle was kind of the main means of transportation in Vietnam in the 1970s.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Sheltering under the ground was a norm during the Vietnam war.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Young adults in Hanoi some 50 years ago.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Photos showing the various angles of life.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Impressive photo series of Lieutenant James Richard Shirley, the pilot that was shot down on May 5, 1967.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

Two students laughing from ears to ears on the way home from school.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

"I've been living in Vietnam for a couple of years since the country was still on the rise. Those old photos and memories give me a much better picture of the nation and the people here", Andrew, an Australian national told Zing News.

invaluable photos of vietnamese children 50 years ago
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Billhardt/ via Zing News)

The exibition "Hanoi 1967 - 1975" will last until November 15.

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