The photo collections were taken by two French friends named Philippe Chaplain, President of France’s National Heritage Federation and photographer Daniel Frydman, who spent many years and have great sentiments twowards Vietnam. (VOV) – A photo exhibition on Vietnamese women, past and present, opened in Paris on November 30 to mark the exchange year (2013-2014) between the two countries. Around 50 photos and postcards were taken in the early 20th century recording evocative images of Vietnamese women in two distinct historical eras. In separate speeches two French authors spoke of their travels around Vietnam, describing the country as a beautiful land with hospitable people, inspiring them to return several times to organise photo exhibitions and publish books on Vietnam. Collector Philippe Chaplain said that the old photographs are hugely significant in reflecting the fascinating history and traditions of Vietnam. He also expressed his wish to present the photos to Vietnam and deepen friendship links between the two nations through historical photos.