June 27, 2016

Laos: A fragment of the past, a snapshot of the present

By:  CNN, June 27, 2016

(CNN) - A torn black and white picture of a beautiful Buddhist stupa is itself photographed next to the actual building, in all its golden finery. Two images of the same structure taken half a century apart. It's a simple concept, but a powerful representation of a lost past and a transient present.

Photo Credit:  Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo

It's one of a series of images captured by Laotian filmmaker and photographer Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo, known as Nin. He decided to document his country's capital, Vientiane, and the changes it has undergone, in a number of photographs that show monuments from today's city alongside images of the same landmarks taken 50 to 60 years ago.

The photos show a city that is clearly recognizable from the mid 20th century, but hint at the way that Vientiane has changed since then.

Photo Credit:  Thanavorakit Kounthawatphinyo

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