National treasure: Photojournalist Minh Loc with his photos at the Historical Moments exhibition (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Nguyen Minh Loc, a former photojournalist of the Vietnam News Agency, is celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Liberation Day with a showcase of his photos of soldiers and citizens who took part in the resistance war against the US.

The Nhung Khoanh Khac Lich Su (Historical Moments) exhibition displays 138 photos taken from 1962 to 1984, including those captured in Quang Ninh and Quang Binh provinces and Hanoi during the 1962-1972 period and in Saigon until 1975.

The highlights of the exhibition are images shot on April 30, 1975, Liberation Day.

The event also includes photos of the war fought by Vietnamese to protect the northern border in 1979.

In 1980, Loc, now 80, and several colleagues visited places where they travelled during the war in northern provinces, and then took numerous photos about the life of people after the war. They are also displayed at the exhibition.

Speaking at the exhibition’s opening ceremony on April 10, Loc said: “When I die, I can’t bring the photo collection with me, so I hope the museum can preserve them.”

“As a photographer, I wants to preserve the images so that younger generations can know more about the country’s history,” he said.

Loc was born in 1937 in Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh district, and is a member of the Vietnam Artistic Photographers’ Association.

Since 1975, he has had 69 solo exhibitions on various topics, including Vietnam’s landscapes and red-headed cranes.

He won the first prize in the Moscow News Contest in 1968, a silver medal in the Iraq Photo Contest organised by the International Journalists Association in 1978, and the grand prix from the Trade Union Council of the Soviet Union in 1978.

In 1990, he received a prize for excellence from the Red Cross and Red Crescent of the Soviet Union.

The exhibition will be open through April 30 at the museum at 2 Le Duan street in District 1.-VNA