Japanese photographer's Vietnam collection to show in Seoul

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Japanese photojournalist Murayama Yasufumi's collection "The Scars of War," which premiered in Vietnam in 2009, will be exhibited in South Korea this November, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The exhibition includes 60 photos taken over a 14 year period in which Yasufumi visited Vietnam many times. Yasufumi's photos clearly portray the lives of everyday Vietnamese people after the Vietnam War, the newspaper said.

The photos include images of present day Son My Village, which was burned during the My Lai Massacre 43 years ago. The smiles and faces of Vietnam's many Agent Orange victims also feature prominently, as does one particularly memorable photo of the anguish-laced face of an old woman who just lost her husband and children to the war. 

The one-week exhibition is free for all at Art Space Seogyo in Seoul from November 12-19. Yasufumi will give a short speech at the event's opening ceremony, according to Tuoi Tre.

The photographer is paying for much of the show out of his own pocket. Other expenses are being covered by the venue.

Tuoi Tre quoted Yasufumi as saying that the photos featuring the Vietnamese people's suffering from the effects of war should convey a message of peace to all viewers.

Yasufumi's photos were shown in Vietnam to commemorate Vietnam's War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27) two years ago. It was his 28th visit to Vietnam.

In 2004, Murayama Yasufumi was also in the news encouraging people to sign in the "Justice Deed" to support local Agent Orange victims at September 23 Park in Ho Chi Minh City.

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