A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur

Authored by Elizabeth Rush
Edited by Janet McKelpin

Photographs by Aaron Joel Santos, Elizabeth Rush, Nguyen Thanh Hai (Maika Elan), Nguyen The Son, Matthew Dakin


Five different viewpoints, five different cameras, five different photographers bring their own special version of a city they know and love to a book that lets readers roam through the hidden corners of Hanoi. In these pages, you’ll enter living spaces tucked away in alleys; enjoy art installations that celebrate Hanoi’s natural world; study the architecture that has developed over the centuries, and the graphic design that has become an integral part of the urban landscape; watch people who are savoring a sidewalk meal, rushing off to work in a wild river of traffic, working at jobs that have existed forever and at new occupations that will change the city.

Elizabeth Rush
Elizabeth Rush has collaborated with contemporary artists throughout South Asia for the better half of the last decade. She has written for a number of publications including Granta, Le Monde Diplomatique, Asian Geographic, Project Freerange, and Asian Art News. Her book, Still Lifes from a Vanishing City, a collection of photographs and essays on Yangon. She currently calls Brooklyn home.

Janet McKelpin
Janet McKelpin lives in San Francisco, California, where she works as a designer and editor.

Aaron Joel Santos

Maika Elan
Freelance photographer

Nguyen The Son

Matthew Dakin

2014, 9.5 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches; 240 pages; paperback; color photos
ISBN-10: 1-934159-54-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-934159-54-5

In April of 2014, the book was launched at the Goethe Institut in Hanoi. Check out a clip from VTV International’s coverage of the event and an interview with Elizabeth Rush, the editor, here. 

Leave a Reply