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15 Nostalgic Photos of Life in 1990s Saigon

When she arrived in Saigon in 1990, Catherine Karnow was introduced to local legends such as General Vo Nguyen Giap by her father, historian Stanley Karnow. Over the past 25 years, she has continued to ply her trade in Vietnam with spectacular results.

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During her first visits, Karnow focused on the daily life of people in Saigon, from the fluttering layers of high school students’ áo dài, to the growing LGBT scene.

Many of Karnow’s photographs are currently being exhibited in Hanoi at the prestigious Art Vietnam Gallery through May 8. She will travel to Saigon this Saturday for an artist talk at Toa Tau Art Space.

Former owner of Q Bar, Phuong Anh Nguyen, with LA style on the streets of Saigon.

An evening at Saigon's Bach Dang Wharf.

Phu Tho Racetrack.

Dong Khoi Street, near Mac Thi Buoi Street.

Exercising in public.

Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee in 1995.

30/4 Park facing Pasteur Street.

The formerly famous Givral Cafe.

Early days of video games in Saigon.

Cyclos were still a popular mode of transportation in 1994.

Some things never change.

A gay night out in Saigon.

A kid selling travel guides.

High school students in uniform.

Vespa and áo dài.

[Photos via New America Media and VN Express]

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