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Hà Nội Noir

Moments In The Old Quarter

Story by Tewfic El-Sawy December 10th, 2014

Hà Nội Noir

Hà Nội Noir is a collection of monochrome photographs made in the streets and alleys of Old Hà Nội. Most were shot from the hip. The photographs were made using a Leica M9 and a Voigtlander 40mm lens, and with a Fuji X-T1 and a Zeiss 12mm lens. All photographs are © 2014 Tewfic El-Sawy.

Gossip is part of the transactions, and no sale is completed without the exchange of tidbits.
A guest is helped onto a hired cyclo during a wedding party in Old Ha Noi.
Daily life goes on in the streets; whether it’s petting cats, thinking of a hair cut or bringing supplies for pho.
Keeping one's patch clean is often the job of the store owner.
Stylish young women congregate around Hang Ma during the Tết Trung Thu festival.
Haggling and sampling the wares is commonplace.
Stylish Ha Noi residents also share the streets with those of more traditional taste.
Vendors carry news of newborns, weddings, birthdays, illnesses, deaths…and other information.
Dancers at Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Songs such as Tom Jones’ Delilah (sung in Vietnamese) are favorites.
Young woman in traditional wedding attire on Hang Ma street during the Tết Trung Thu festival
The universality of children arguing and playing.
The traditional Vietnamese nón lá (leaf hat) has been used for over 2500 years.
Early morning, Hoàn Kiếm Lake welcomes those who come to do morning exercises, or just to people-watch.
Reading newspapers with a fan in hand at Hoàn Kiếm Lake
Lottery vendors are popular with all classes.
Drink vendors take a break. In the bucket, there’s the điếu cày, or farmer’s water pipe.
Footnote: All Photographs Copyright © 2014 Tewfic El-Sawy/The Travel Photographer
Hanoi, Vietnam