Photo book of Hanoi's lake to be released

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Billingual photo book "Around the Hoan Kiem Lake and beyond" will be released early this month in Hanoi.


The 112-page book, written in Vietnamese and English, features 100 photoshop-free pictures selected from photographer Quang Phung's large collection. Phung has been photographing Hanoi since 1970.


In the first of three parts, the photographer shows the fascinating beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake, and its significance in the lives of Hanoians.


The second part depicts the 79-year-old artist's meditation on the society that thrives around Hoan Kiem Lake.


The last part follows the traditional process of making lotus tea at Phung Thanh pagoda off Kham Thien street.


 The book also has Phung's exclusive portraits of the legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap, composer Van Cao, painter Tran Van Can, and writer Nguyen Tuan, all of which date back to early 1970s.


The photobook also has an essay, penned by John Klienen of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, about the veteran photographer Quang Phung.


Phung, who started his photographic career in 1954 has recorded significant historical and social changes in Vietnam. His first photo essay on Hanoi's liberation was released in 1955.

In 1990, his photo "Cloudy Hair" bagged the first prize at the National Artistic Photography Contest.

Phung's latest project has been sponsored by the Netherlands' Prince Claus Fund Library, through East West Foundation.


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