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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Hanoi / Yangon

Earlier this year, I had my first photography exhibition at the Vietnam in Focus cafe / gallery in Hanoi. Mirror Cities: Hanoi / Yangon was a collection of street portraits from the two cities. The pictures were shown in pairs, Hanoi in black and white, Yangon in colour, with each pair having something in common in terms of subject, style or theme.

The exhibition got a little attention in the Vietnamese media – I had my fifteen minutes of fame (or five and a half minutes of indifference) on VTV4 – but the main benefit for me personally was seeing a collection of my photographs as large prints. I don’t print my pictures nearly enough, and this is something that I’ve resolved to do more in the future.

New photobook: Hanoi (Portraits of the City)

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It’s the Christmas gift no-one’s been waiting for. I’ve self-published my new photobook, Hanoi (Portraits of the City). It’s available as a print book or e-book through blurb.co.uk.

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A neighbourhood that straddles the railway tracks; a market that offers everything under the sky; intimate portraits of the men and women of the city; the details, textures and patterns that get lost in the background; and fragments of the everyday life seen in the streets, alleys, cafes and lakes of Hanoi.

This 150 page photobook, compiled over two years, is a personal journey through the city I’ve come to call home.

Click here for more details or on the link below for a preview.

Hardware

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The air in Hanoi is almost constantly filled with the sound of buzzing, drilling and crashing as construction and renovation projects big and small spill out on to the streets. It’s no surprise then, that whole streets are dedicated to the selling of drills, cables, tools, wire and, er, other metal stuff (I’m not an expert in this field, I’ll admit). These pictures were all taken last month in one such street, round the back of the old football stadium

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Supply and demand

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You’re never far from a street market in Hanoi. They’re a gift for the wandering photographer. These pictures were all taken last month in the area around Van Mieu and the rail station.

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