Vietnam: A Book of Changes
by Mitch Epstein
Publisher's Description
As Vietnam's relationships with the rest of the world begin to normalize, tremendous changes are taking place inside this small vital nation. Mitch Epstein's photographs are a memerizing glimpse into this process and its many faces. "Under the layer of friendship lies the tension of politics; under beauty lies violence; under the stark faces of remote villagers is the entrepeneurial momentum drawing them to the city; and under the remnants of war is an artistic bohemia grappling with new freedoms and continued censorship."--the publisher.
Amazon.com Review
After many years in the spotlight, Vietnam kind of disappeared for a while; it was a pariah in American eyes for a long time after the war there ended, and the Communist government was inward-looking. But in the last few years, the country has reopened itself to the world, and now America is interested again. Epstein's photographs, all taken since 1992, record a Vietnam that still bears the marks of savage war. Rusting American tanks, planes, bombs and war detritus survive, and there are even the faded architectural glories of the French colonial empire that preceded American involvement. But Vietnam's own ancient Asian culture survives, apparent still despite the recent incursions of modern Western consumer culture. This is travel photography with an eye to the lessons of history, redolent of a bittersweet hope in the future.
ISBN: 0393040275
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Hardcover : 186 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.8 x 8.9 x 0.9 inches
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