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Club Lunch: Vietnam, From Darkness into Light: Documenting 25 Years of a Changing Country

12:30PM for 12:45PM – LUNCH

Speaker: Catherine Karnow,
Photographer, National Geographic

Ms. Karnow showed photographs taken during the years of the most dramatic change seen in modern-day Vietnam, 1990 – 2014, on her assignment for National Geographic, Smithsonian as well as many self-assigned trips. Her images of Vietnam in the dark years, the early nineties, show a country that was just beginning to emerge from the dismal years of poverty and austerity; there was no color, no joy. In the mid-nineties new economic policies brought business from all over the world, such as golf courses only foreigners could afford, Coca Cola, awkward fashion shows, and a new school for Vietnamese Airlines flight attendants. The speaker also showed photographs of two terrible legacies of the Vietnam War: Amerasians and the ongoing plight of Agent Orange victims. She also recounted her long lasting friendship with General Giap and his family – not only was she the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap in 1994 to the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu, she was the only western journalist to be a close witness to his funeral and burial in October 2014.

Ms. Karnow is a San Francisco-based, National Geographic photographer. She has covered Bombay film stars,victims of Agent Orange; Greenwich, Connecticut high society; Albanian farmers, and many other cultures worldwide. She teaches National Geographic photo workshops, her signature Umbria Photo Workshop, and a brand new workshop in Vietnam.

Speaker: Catherine Karnow,Photographer
National Geographic,

Human Rights Press Awards


The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The 22nd annual awards will be judged in the coming weeks and the awards ceremony held on May 12, 2018. Click here for more details.