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"Preservation of Time"

On the occasion of Vietnam Pictorials 50th founding anniversary (October 15, 1954 -nbsp; 2004 ), the Editorial Board is publishing a pictorial book titled Preservation of Time. This is an anthology of historic photos ed from tens of thousands of negative films shot by several generations of Vietnam Pictorial reporters and journalists over the past 50 years.


The front cover of the
photo book "Preservation
of Time".


The Southern liberation
army men and women happily meeting President
Ho Chi Minh (1969).nbsp;


The Vietnamese army men's tank breaking down the iron gate of the Independence Palace on April 30, 1975, the last base of the Saigon puppet regime.


Crossing Truong Sonnbsp;
Range to fight for
nbsp;national salvation.
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Construction of the Bac Hung Hai irrigation work.


Russian cosmonaut
V. Gorbatko (left) and Vietnamese cosmonaut Pham Tuan at the flight training centre - the Star City (1980).

On the occasion of Vietnam Pictorial's 50th founding anniversary (October 15, 1954 -nbsp; 2004 ), the Editorial Board is publishing a pictorial book titled "Preservation of Time". This is an anthology of historic photos selected from tens of thousands of negative films shot by several generations of Vietnam Pictorial reporters and journalists over the past 50 years.

Since the birth of photography, it immediately turned into a means of preserving human memories. Vietnam Pictorial (VNP) has efficiently utilized this media for the past 50 years, a period of cataclysmic changes in Vietnamese history.

The great power of photography is its ability to truthfully record history. This is the message of the pictorial book "Preservation of Time ", consisting of four chapters and 240 pages. The photos in the book, published in Vietnam Pictorial monthlies for the past 50 years, represent convincing illustrations on a beautiful and bountiful country, a nation with an age-old culture and a people - hard-working and intelligent, humane and peace-cherishing - who have always placed their responsibility and love for the Fatherland above all. They are people who have written chapters of heroism in the fight for national defence and who are now doing their utmost to build a country "more beautiful and more bountiful" as was the dream of great President Ho Chi Minh.

Late Secretary General Truong Chinh once stated: "Vietnam Pictorial is a periodical, political and highly artistic as well." Art in general, particularly photographic art, has its own movement. Photographers always seek for a particular style of photography, reflective and deliberative of time. It is in this realm that it carries in itself the secret of creation, it clings to the past and leaves behind the photos that travel along with time.

For the past half a century, Vietnam Pictorial has been fulfilling its task of presenting startling images of Vietnam to the world's people and international friends.

nbsp;Story: Nguyen Thanh

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* All dynasties in Vietnamese history have left their glorious golden chapters. In the Ho Chi Minh era, when the French colonialists schemed to throw its domination upon our people, the whole planet came to know of the world-shaking Dien Bien Phu Victory. Then when the war against the US imperialists for national salvation led to the total collapse of the Saigon regime on April 30, 1975, the world felt once again utterly astonished, with great admiration for the Vietnamese might.

* Vietnam is endowed by nature with majestic landscapes of scenic beauty. Ha Long Bay, with its impressive island-mountains amidst the immense ocean; the alluring grotto of Phong Nha, Da Lat with its romantic woods and streamsnbsp; mingling together, Vung Tau and Nha Trang with their sunny and windy beaches ..., not to mention the works created and beautified by human handsnbsp; like Thang Long Citadel, the imperial city of Hue, My Son Champa Towers, the ancient town of Hoi An ...

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* Vietnamese culture is rich and diverse, with distinctive national identity that has crystallized from thousands of years of history. Each one of the 54 fraternal ethnic groups that share the same roof on this soil contributes to the common culture with their own cultural treasures, i.e. their languages, their scripts, their costumes, their religious beliefs ... all these have integrated into a single culture, with unity in diversity of the community of Vietnamese nationalities. Vietnamese culture represents a vivid entity full of vitality that has experienced long development, sustainable and strong, through all the upheavals of time, and all the rises and falls through history, and it constitutes an innate element of development, as a spiritual foundation of society.nbsp;


Chu Dong Tu Festival innbsp;
Hung Yen Province.


nbsp;Mother's sun.


Pianist Dang Thai Son performing withnbsp;Hanoi Conservatoire's symphony orchestra.

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* From an underdeveloped agricultural economy, from the ruins and the bleeding wounds of the protracted wars, the Vietnamese people have once again shown their energetic personality and keen aspiration for survival via national re-construction, particularly in the comprehensive socio-economic renovation over the past years. If yesteryear Vietnam was the epitome of the movement for national liberation, today President Ho Chi Minh's Fatherland may be seen as an economic prototype for the developing countries.nbsp;nbsp;


Exploiting oil and gasnbsp;
at Bach Ho oil fieldnbsp;(Vung Tau).


Coffee trees develop fast
in Vietnam's Central Highlands.

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Textile and garment sector has become
an economic spearhead in thenbsp;renovation stage.


From a country in shortage of food, Vietnam
became one of the world's leading rice exporters.

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