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The groundbreaking publication Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side is an intense collection of images, many never seen before, from the cameras of North Vietnamese photographers. Each included photographer has a chapter highlighting his personal stories and captivating pictures. The stories are riveting and sometimes ironic: one revolutionary photographer falsified identification cards for Communist fighters, another traveled side by side with guerrillas, while another barely escaped a bombing campaign only to be forever haunted by the loss of his film and equipment.
With almost no resources, a serious lack of film, and outdated equipment, these committed photographers used will and determination in order to record history. From film processed under a night sky with homemade chemicals to making one roll of film last for years, each individual tale is a testament to the power of perseverance. Some of the pictures are haunting (a devastated landscape with the intense flare of napalm, an emergency surgery in a mangrove swamp), while others capture a seemingly staged Communist resolve (smiling soldiers with little children, classic hero poses shot from below). This book offers an important pictorial viewpoint and fills in many gaps from the popular Western media coverage of the war. --J.P. Cohen
From Publishers Weekly
Few aspects of the American war in Vietnam have escaped close inspection in this country. So it is startling to see a large, coffee-table book filled with 180 black and white images of that war that have never before been published on these shores. Taken by North Vietnamese photographers, the pictures are a mixture of staged, unabashed propaganda ("I wanted my pictures to be a weapon," says photographer Mai Nam, a longtime Vietnamese Communist Party member) and evocative insights into the way... read more
For more than 25 years, American memory has been haunted by photographs of the Vietnam War, the most troubling and divisive foreign conflict in our history. Our collective recollection and deep familiarity with the war has been shaped by the work of the courageous civilian and military photographers who worked alongside American troops on the fields of battle. Yet there remains an experience of the war in Vietnam that we have rarely seen-that of the other side.
Author and veteran combat photographer Tim Page, who was a freelancer for UPI during the war, returned to Vietnam to find his surviving North Vietnamese counterparts, the photographers who spent as many as ten years documenting, with equal depth and courage, their nation¼s conflict with America. From interviews with these forgotten men and from their surprising photographs, a stunning new visual record of the war emerges in Another Vietnam. Among the many remarkable images of daily life and battle on the North Vietnamese side are the elephants moving munitions down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, an impromptu operating room in a mangrove swamp, Jane Fonda on her controversial trip in-country, and American POWs at the Hanoi Hilton. Released to coincide with a major National Geographic Television documentary, Another Vietnam provides a rare and captivating change of perspective and a moving meditation on the sacrifice and loss on both sides of the war.