Photo essay: Vietnam during wartime

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Thomas Billhardt

German photographer Thomas Billhardt was one of the rare photographers during the Vietnam war who captured images from the view of Northern Vietnamese civilians. Billhardt, born 1937 in Chemnitz, which was then part of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, visited Vietnam between 1960 and 1975 and delivered a great collection that told the tragic story of the war in real-life pictures.

Billhardt never denied that he was a political photographer at that time. He was member of the GDR’s ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany, and for the citizens of the GDR were his pictures the view of the world, from Vietnam as well as from conflict zones in Nicaragua or Palestine.

Billhardt received a number of prizes for his work. Later in his life, he worked for projects of the United Nations International Emergency Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Philippines, Cambodia and China.

His latest publication, Thomas Billhardt Fotografie, Berlin, September 2013, contains a number of so far unpublished and spectacular photos.

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Thomas Billhardt

German photographer Thomas Billhardt was one of the rare photographers during the Vietnam war who captured images from the view of Northern Vietnamese civilians. Billhardt, born 1937 in Chemnitz, which was then part of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, visited Vietnam between 1960 and 1975 and delivered a great collection that told the tragic story of the war in real-life pictures.

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Thomas Billhardt portrait1
Thomas Billhardt

German photographer Thomas Billhardt was one of the rare photographers during the Vietnam war who captured images from the view of Northern Vietnamese civilians. Billhardt, born 1937 in Chemnitz, which was then part of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, visited Vietnam between 1960 and 1975 and delivered a great collection that told the tragic story of the war in real-life pictures.

Billhardt never denied that he was a political photographer at that time. He was member of the GDR’s ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany, and for the citizens of the GDR were his pictures the view of the world, from Vietnam as well as from conflict zones in Nicaragua or Palestine.

Billhardt received a number of prizes for his work. Later in his life, he worked for projects of the United Nations International Emergency Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Philippines, Cambodia and China.

His latest publication, Thomas Billhardt Fotografie, Berlin, September 2013, contains a number of so far unpublished and spectacular photos.

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