We are delighted to announce that Experience Travel Group will be a major sponsor of the ‘Hanoi: Spirit of Place’ 2013 exhibition in London.
This is first public showcasing of a fascinating series of photographs of Hanoi taken during the immediate post-war period between 1980 and 1983. These visually beautiful photographs, taken by Sir John Ramsden, a diplomat cum photographer, bring back a period that was little reported on and hardly recorded at all.
The public viewing in London will be the first in a series of exciting events. Later on this year, Experience Travel group will be arranging for a journalist to accompany Sir John as he returns to Hanoi for the first time since 1983. He’ll find it much changed and the contrast ought to be fascinating. There is an exhibition of his photographs in Hanoi scheduled for this time as well as a book launch and hopefully other exhibitions around the UK.
I was so struck by the excitement and interest that these photographs excited in our friends at Vietpro – the organisation for Vietnamese professionals in the UK. The emotion these photographs evoked was startling to me – as of course, we take for granted the fact that we look back on the early 1980s through TV images, newspaper images and our own snaps. There is no shortage of iconic pictures of a certain lady Prime Minister around at the moment!
But Vietnam was a country recovering from two decades of devastating war. It was a poverty-stricken and chaotic society and there were quite literally very few people with cameras around. Sir John really manages to capture a sense of the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese – and their resourcefulness on his long walks through Hanoi and out to the surrounding countryside.
Experience Travel Group has 20 places to give to our clients at a private viewing at 6 pm on Friday 3rd May. If you’d like an invitation please contact me ASAP and I will reserve you a place. Alternatively, you may come along to the public viewing at any time. If you’d like to retrace Sir John’s footsteps, take a look at our Vietnam Holidays here.
To listen to Sir John explain more see: Hanoi: Spirit of Place
Venue: Hoxton Arches Gallery, Arch 402 Cremer Street, London E2 8HD (nearest tube stations: Hoxton Overground and Old Street)
Time & date: 2 – 4 May 2013
Thursday – Friday (2&3-May): 10AM-5PM
Saturday (4-May): 10AM – 9PM
A small selection of his pictures: