February 22, 2013

Rare Photographs of Ho Chi Minh by Vietnamese Photographers

Hồ Chí Minh (19 May 1890 – 2 September 1969) was a Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). He was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945, as well as the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the Việt Cộng (NLF or VC) during the Vietnam War.

He led the Việt Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-ruled Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at the battle of Điện Biên Phủ. He officially stepped down from power in 1955 due to health problems, but remained a highly visible figurehead and inspiration for those Vietnamese fighting for his cause—a united, communist Vietnam—until his death. After the war, Saigon, capital of the Republic of Vietnam, was renamed Hồ Chí Minh City.

Here are some of rare photographs of Ho Chi Minh taken by Vietnamese photographers.

(via Invisible Photographer Asia)


  1. I am a North American White Indian I remember clean water and food fresh meats without chemicals. Berries as big as the palm of my hand. Living off the land was not acceptable to society then but life was kinder the sky was full of stars, now it's polluted I miss fresh air and I miss our ways of life.

  2. I am North American Indian I remember fresh air clean water clean meats without chemicals. We lived off the land and life was good, this was not acceptable to Society in those days, now people wish the clean air fresh food and water was here.



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