Images of postwar Hanoi to be exhibited in London

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One of John Ramsden's photos taken in Hanoi in  the ealry 1980s to be displayed next month at the "Hanoi: Spirit of Place" exhibt in London

A photo exhibit featuring images of Hanoi in the early 1980s taken by British diplomat John Ramsden will run from May 2 to 4 at the Hoxton Arches Gallery in London.

"Hanoi: Spirit of place" will display more than 60 black and white  photos among the roughly 2,000 that Ramsden took between 1980 and 1983 when he was living in Hanoi.

This is the first time since he left Vietnam's capital 30 years ago that his photos will be shown to the public.

The photos feature the daily lives of Hanoians demonstrating their optimistic hopes of a better life.

Ramsden said he took those pictures out of admiration for the spirit of the Vietnamese people during those difficult years that directly followed decades of war.

Despite poverty and harsh conditions, they [the Vietnamese] managed to endure and overcome all kinds of troubles while preserving their dignity and traditional values, he recalled.

Ramsden joined Britain's Diplomatic Service in 1975, working in Senegal and at the East-West disarmament talks in Vienna, Austria. He became the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Hanoi in 1980.

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