These images rest on a romatic notion or conceit. Nearly a half century ago Graham Green wrote The Quiet American, a novel of intrigue set in Saigon. Well-meaning and wrong, an American intelligence agent is found dead. "He was in the water under the bridge to Dakow", Greene wrote. The novel was prescient of the approaching storm. I photographed Dakao Iron Bridge in 1972 (above) and again in April 2000 (below). Trishaw drivers still call it the Iron Bridge, although post-war reconstruction replaced iron with concrete. The two panoramic images were taken from somewhat different locations. The arrows indicate the same building. The bridge is at left in both photographs.
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