Mitch Epstein Vietnam: A Book of Changes

01 2573.11.93-5 “In Vietnam Buy Vietnamese,” Opera House, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein '“In Vietnam Buy Vietnamese. Opera House Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

02 4108.6.95-2  Flame Trees, Hanoi, Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Flame Trees. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

03 4033.6.95-6 Railroad Bridge, Quang Tri Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Railroad Bridge. Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

04 2726.1.94-9 Ho Chi Minh Statues, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein "Ho Chi Minh Statues. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

05 2608.11.93-11 Playing Cards in a Chicken Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein "Playing Cards in a Chicken Market. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

06 10018.7.02-2 Beauty Salon, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein "Beauty Salon. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

07 4047.6.95-6 Rental Wedding Dresses, Quang Tri Prov., Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Rental Wedding Dresses. Quang Tri Prov., Vietnam,1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

08 2649.11.93 Lotus Pond, Ha Son Binh Province, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein "Lotus Pond. Ha Son Binh Province, Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

09 4116.6.95-13 Chipped Graffiti, Hanoi, Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Chipped Graffiti. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

10 2131.5.93-9 B-52 Tail, Lenin Park, Hanoi, Vietnam 1993

© Mitch Epstein "B-52 Tail Lenin Park. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1993" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

11 3650.10.94-2 Luong's Mother's Hand, Hanoi, Vietnam 1994

© Mitch Epstein "Luongs Mothers Hand. Hanoi, Vietnam, 1994" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

12 3908.5.95-18 Voltage Regulator and Pig’s Foot, Hanoi, Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Voltage Regulator and Pig’s Foot. Hanoi, Vietnam,1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

13 3986.6.95-4 Lai Chau Government Guest House, Vietnam 1995

© Mitch Epstein "Lai Chau Government Guest House. Vietnam, 1995" Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

 

from Vietnam: A Book of Changes

“I keep asking myself: what was it that drew me—what exactly? Other landscapes are beautiful, other worlds mysterious. The answer is the people. It was their blending of simple values and sophisticated thought; their generosity, depth, and energy; their ability to absorb outside influences—Chinese, French, Russian—without losing their own unique character; their resourcefulness and dignity in the face of repression and want. It was the many afternoons sitting in low chairs, drinking strong amber tea from thimble-like cups my host would refill every few minutes. Taking tea with people formed the axis of my trips. Taking tea with painters, farmers, doctors, a blind guitarist, a filmmaker, a cyclo driver, a secretary, an herbalist, an astrologer, an architect, a monk; I was always taking tea with people, as conversations slowly stitched together, and I left regenerated, amazed at the range of lives I was able to meet, the different homes I was invited to enter. It was the Vietnamese themselves who drew me on as I pursued this project.”

Mitch Epstein

 

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