Fascinating pics of Vietnam in the 1980s
April 22, 2013 5:46 AM   Subscribe

Fascinating pics of Vietnam in the 1980s (Part 1) (Part 2). Photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths. Here's a 1993 interview.
posted by KokuRyu (13 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Really interesting photos...wish I could read the captions!
posted by antiquated at 7:15 AM on April 22, 2013


Actually, Chrome's translate function does a good job, and if you switch on "translation" (I don't read Vietnamese), you can find links to some other excellent photo sets from other photogs.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:35 AM on April 22, 2013


As an American, I have no faith that the people of Vietnam are living a life today that's greatly improved since 1980's, but I sure hope I am wrong.
I see a bunch of poor people, living poor lives.
posted by It is better for you not to know. at 7:46 AM on April 22, 2013


Translated version of link 1
Translated version of link 2
posted by Happy Dave at 7:49 AM on April 22, 2013


It is better for you not to know.: "As an American, I have no faith that the people of Vietnam are living a life today that's greatly improved since 1980's, but I sure hope I am wrong.
I see a bunch of poor people, living poor lives.
"

Worth noting these images are from five years after the end of the war. Modern Vietnam is in considerably better shape.
posted by Happy Dave at 7:49 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


"As an American, I have no faith that the people of Vietnam are living a life today that's greatly improved since 1980's, but I sure hope I am wrong. I see a bunch of poor people, living poor lives."

Ya, as a Vietnamese person, I assure you that your concern is misplaced. It's still a poor country, but there have been great advances, and you'd be surprised by how modern parts of Vietnam are. I have mixed feelings about the changes that have occurred in the past 30 years, but let's just say that American concern is looked upon with a wary eye.
posted by snickerdoodle at 8:35 AM on April 22, 2013 [6 favorites]


I see a bunch of poor people, living poor lives.

It makes me very glad that what you see has absolutely no bearing on how they view their own lives.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 8:57 AM on April 22, 2013


The Magnificent One: Philip Jones Griffiths by photojournalist Donna Ferrato and Emmanuel Trousse.
posted by Drab_Parts at 9:58 AM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was in Vietnam last December, the only place I recognized right off is the Citadel in Hue. but I after looking at the translated links I have been to at least another 4 of these places.

You guys also missed page 3

Page 3
posted by kanemano at 11:23 AM on April 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I see a bunch of poor people, living poor lives.

Not that this speaks for a whole country, or even to some of their own daily struggles, but here! I uploaded a photo just for you of my family in South Vietnam, who love each other very much and the warmth is palpable.
posted by mmmleaf at 4:50 PM on April 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


It should be noted that the offending comment was the poster's first comment on MetaFilter, so maybe give him/her a break until s/he figures out how the community works?

Nice fam, by the way!
posted by KokuRyu at 7:54 PM on April 22, 2013


I was looking for more contemporary photo essays about Vietnam, and came across this neat photoessay of gay folks in Vietnam.

This Vietnam photo gallery has some more recent photos, and here's a photographer's guide to Vietnam.

This photoset has links to more blog posts and galleries of photos of contemporary Vietnam.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:01 PM on April 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great catch, KokoRyu.

Some of these hit this American reader very, very hard:
"A My Lai villager stood before the list of victims of the massacre on 02.17.1968."
(G. Translate)
posted by doctornemo at 10:05 AM on April 23, 2013


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