Around the Hoan Kiem Lake and beyond is the first photograph book of photographer Quang Phung after nearly 60 years working as a freelance photographer in Vietnam. Anthropologist John Kleinen (University of Amsterdam) wrote the introduction as an essay on Quang Phung and his photography.
The book includes three parts. The first part, The God – given Quiet Space and Beauty, stresses on the fascinating beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake scene as well as the natural and close attachment of such so many Hanoian generations, from their childhood to the old age.
The second part, Social Stories, shows his private meditation on the social rotation during the long period. Hoan Kiem Lake is like a small society with all rise and fall of happiness, sadness, the good, the evil…
The third part, For Human Soul Self – improvement, is a complete introduction of the pure traditional process of Making lotus tea in Phung Thanh pagoda off Kham Thien street.
About the publication
Around the Hoan Kiem Lake - photos by Quang Phung; introduction written by John Kleinen. The whole book project is sponsored by Prince Claus Fund Library, the Netherlands, through East West Foundation. It includes 112 pages, at size of 23cm x 28cm, color printed. It is published by Cultural – Information Publishing House, Hanoi, and distributed widely in the beginning of June 2011.