Published on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:00
Written by Saigoneer.
Lush bunches of fresh bananas at a market, a street-side merchant selling embroidery artworks to tourists, and Buddhist worshipers praying at a local temple — these Saigon scenes are rather mundane by today’s standards. However, at the time these photos were taken, these were remarkable visual proofs to western audiences that Vietnam had a dynamic side apart from war and poverty.
Vietnamese photographer Nguyen Thanh Tai, the author of this set of images, used to work for US-based news agency United Press International (UPI). Tai’s black-and-white photos of an idyllic Saigon in 1967 is a change from his better-known works during the American War.
Have a gander at Saigon in 1967 below:[Photos: Nguyen Thanh Tai/UPI via Flickr user manhhai]
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