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7/11/2019 2:38:48 PM

130 photos about Vietnam taken by two generations in one Argentine family

An exhibition, themed “Stories from a camera”, opened at Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum on July 9 to mark the 203rd anniversary of the Argentine Independence Day.

The event was organised by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Vietnam and The Ho Chi Minh City War Remnants Museum.

On display are 130 items, documents and photos telling stories about Vietnam in the wartime and peacetime. Photos taken by war correspondent Ignacio Ezcurra working in Vietnam in 1968, and his granddaughter Luisa Duggan when she travelled to Vietnam after 50 years.

Ignacio Ezcurra was one of 12 brothers in a family that came from San Isidro. He studied at Columbia University in New York with a scholarship from the Inter American Press Association.

He worked in graphics, radio and television and travelled most of Argentina and the US to screen documentaries for the Buenos Aires-based Di Tella Institute.

Ezcurra was best known for his works on the Black Power movement in the U.S., and interviews with the U.S. Senator for New York Robert Kennedy and American Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King.

Ezcurra got lost in Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) on May 8, 1968 at the age of 28 as he worked for La Nació de Buenos Aires newspaper. After five decades, his family came to Vietnam and presented his remembrances to the Ho Chi Minh City War Remnants Museum. Duggan used her grandfather’s camera to take photos.

The exhibition, which remains open to visitors until August 30, is expected to contribute to nurturing the friendship and cultural exchanges between Vietnam and Argentina.

Ezcurra’s memorabilia can be seen on the second floor of the museum at No. 28 Vo Van Tan Street in District 1.

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