Ed Bradley in Bidong

February 19, 2013

Informative footage


June 30, 2012


Viet Nam Can Tho clams

I had some really delicious clams in Can Tho, Viet Nam.  The restauratnt is actually some one’s house.  It’s often the case.  Living quarters are above or in the back and the restaurants are in front.

This dish was from the big market (I forget the name)  in Saigon.



Summer 2011 the chef

photos by Duc N. Ly

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March 21, 2012

On the Street Hai Ba Trong,  Can Tho Vietnam.

Last summer, I went back to visit my old house in Can Tho, Vietnam.  The man on the motorcycle remembers my sister.  He was our neighbor.


© Duc Ly

The area

© Duc Ly


Tropic Gear

March 20, 2012

Tropic Gear

photo:  unknow source

Viet Nam military jacket


Can Tho River Boats

September 17, 2011

Can Tho Bridge


Some of the children at Mid Autumn Festival party at White Palace, Ho Chi Minh City.

The ballerinas

preparing for the dance

At the Mai Tam House of Hope

Mai-Tam   House of Hope portraits  Photos by Duc N. Ly

Vietnam: A Book of Changes

This image is a good example of how photographers have great eyes for an image that can tell a story.  It has a pop art feel to it because of the repeated imagery, like Andy Warhol’s portrait of Chairman Mao.  The other similarity is the iconography of the subject mater.  Since it is a bust, it has that Roman classicism feel to it.  It’s interesting that I find capitalism in the way the art is presented.  Warhol’s pop method elevated our taste for consumerism and fame.  He put it on the same level of as art.  It is a new art form.  I find the language of western image making in the way I see the work.  I like how each sucessive image is reveal and how the yellowing news paper wrapped around the bust second bust which is older then the newer newspaper wrapings of the first bust, seem to convey the passage of time and also to herald in the news of the day, the change of regime and the impact that it will have on the land.  I do remember the requirement to have a picture of Ho Chi Ming on the wall of every house hold.  This idea was borrowed from Chairman Mao.  In the essay, Mitch mention how much change he saw on the subsequent trips to Vietnam.  These pictures were made over a long period of time during the 1990s.  It is my favorite image of the whole book.

Mitch Epstein’s website

When I left Vietnam after my first trip I was relieved to go. The rough roads, the poverty, the Kafkaesque communications with government officials had drained and depressed me. But a year later and again and again, I felt pulled to return to Hanoi. It was and still is a pull I find hard to define. From my journals and letters it is clear that I was wedded to the intense, bittersweet world I encountered there: – Mitch Epstein.