The black Queen

Nguyen Van Ty was a peaceful man. He’d arrived at the small village in Tonkin many years ago. Apparently from nowhere. Some of the villagers said he had a Saïgon accent, others assured he came from the Imperial city of Hué. He was dressed as a peasant, but his manners, his education, his delicate hands…

Ancient Indochina. Part 5.

Tambours et fanfares. Drums and music of a military squad Back by popular demand (!) in the streets of Hanoï and elsewhere we follow the steps of the unknown photographer in Tonkin around 1905. The military just loooove their music! Une rue de Hanoï. (Coolies) in a Hanoï street.  The workers are using the extremely clever asian…

Ancient Indochina. Part 4.

  As my faithful readers must have surmised, I like to touch upon a variety of subjects. I was diagnosed “borderline dilettante” at an early age. Fortunately my Juvenile records are sealed. Fiction, non-fiction, gender, travel and the accompanying “yours truly’s” photographs. But I look at stats (I have been producing and analyzing data most…

Ancient Indochina. Part 3.

Hué. One of Than Thaï’s follies, several of his wives in ritual dress are transformend into musicians, wearing a Marine fusilier’s belt. L’une des follies de Than Thaï, une partie de ses femmes en costume rituel sont transformées en musiciennes affublées d’un ceinturon d’infanterie de marine. Hué was the imperial city of Vietnam between 1802…