Kim Beamish and his son visit Lai Xá’s Photography Museum. VNS Photos Lý Ngọc Trâm by Lý Ngọc Trâm Memories are kept alive thanks to generations of photographers in Lai Xá Village, 15km west of Hà Nội. Established in 2017, Lai Xá Photography Museum is one of the first museums to feature a village’s traditional trade. The museum features 150 pictures, 25 articles and 15 display cases, containing over 100 artefacts, including machinery and equipment once used by the village photographers. The first floor of the museum contains a memory wall of Lai Xá’s martyrs who lost their lives during the war. Nguyễn Văn Thắng, director of the Museum, warmly welcomed visitors from Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) on a Sunday afternoon. He shared his stories about the history and the rise and fall of Lai Xá photography. 127 years of ‘capturing time’ The father of Lai Xá’s photography village is Nguyễn Đình Khánh. Born in 1874, he opened the first photography shop named Khánh Ký in 1892 on Hàng Da Street, Hà Nội. He returned to the village to teach others photography and soon they started opening their own photography shops. They often included names like “Ký” or “Lai”,… Read full this story
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