Hanoi after the War


A unique portrait of Vietnam after the war, through the eyes of a foreign observer and the voices of Vietnamese writers.


ISBN: 9788857237169 Category:

John Ramsden


Hanoi after the War shows every day life in the North of Vietnam just after the war.

Black and white photographs by John Ramsden reveal a world of hardship, poverty and endurance, but also an ancient culture still very much alive, with scenes of wistful beauty amidst the austerity. Well known Vietnamese writers describe living through the period, in essays full of vivid memories and telling detail. Each photograph has a caption by Duong Trung Quoc, an eminent historian who takes us deeper into what we are seeing.

Taken together, side by side, the pictures, the Vietnamese stories and the captions…produce a moving experience. Few pictures books pull this off. And it’s all in black and white. – Christopher Goscha (Penguin History of Vietnam) in the Mekong Review

Additional information

Weight 1184 g
Dimensions 24.5 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 December 2018
Number of pages 156
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.5 x 28.7 cm
Weight 1184 g
Born in 1950, John Ramsden lived in Hanoi from 1980 to 1982, when he was Deputy Head of the British Embassy. He spent the rest of his diplomatic career in Europe. His photographs of Hanoi were the subject of an exhibition in 2013. He is now retired and divides his time between London and France.