Saigon – 1954 / Paris – 1958
Graham Greene, one of the great writers of the twentieth century, was in Saigon in 1954, where he wrote his novel The Quiet American. He met Raymond Cauchetier at René de Berval’s house and liked his photos of the Vietnamese people so much that he offered to preface one of his albums, something he had never done for any photographer. But circumstances ruled the project out.
Some years later, in Paris, Graham Greene agreed, for the first and only time in his life, to be interviewed on television. For political reasons, the interview was conducted by a Hungarian channel.
He presented his novel The Quiet American along with Raymond Cauchetier’s album Saigon, two works that explored the deeply human side of the peoples of Indochina caught up in the war.