Foreign Photographers Capture Vietnamese Culture, Beauty, and Smiles

The image of a beautiful, vivid and colourful Vietnam was highlighted through the lens of photographers from 19 different countries.
December 06, 2021 | 15:04

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, a photo exhibition entitled ‘Vietnam through the Lens of International Photographers’ opened in the northern province of Ninh Binh. This is the first time the festival has been held in Ninh Binh.

The photos were also introduced on the website of the Department of Fine Arts, Photography, and Exhibition.

The event is was co-hosted by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism together with the Ninh Binh People’s Committee.

The first Vietnam International Photography Festival 2021

The exhibition showcased the works of the first Vietnam International Photography Festival 2021. A selection of 177 outstanding works introduces the beauty of the land, people, and the culture of Vietnam to art lovers from all over the globe.

Discovering Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
The opening ceremony. Photo: Nhan Dan

According to the organizers, after three months of launching, the festival received 1,567 entries by 98 photographers from 19 countries and territories around the world including France, Canada, Russia, Australia, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, Latvia, China, Cambodia, Italy, Thailand, Taiwan (China), South Africa, Brazil, Belarus, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The gathering of photographers from several continents, with many different cultures as well as aesthetic points of view has brought diverse ways of expression, reflecting many different themes.

The photos can be divided into different groups: architecture, monuments, festivals and traditional art forms of Vietnam; Vietnam’s landscapes; traditional Vietnamese crafts; mountainous areas; rural landscapes and activities; Vietnam’s rivers; streets and modern life.

In general, all of them expressed the photographers’ affectionate and friendly look and novel perspective for the land and people of Vietnam said Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet.

For example, there are many beautiful photos of ethnic minority groups’ culture such as Bui Quoc Sy’s Thang hoa(Sublimation) which described the unique fire dance festival of the Pa Then people in Tuyen Quang province, or K’Ho young unmarried womanby Ngo Dinh honoring woman’s beauty.

Discovery of foreign eyes

Many photographers were fascinated with the image of children playing together innocently and peacefully such “Phan Rang” by Burak Senbak (from Turkey) or Chi Cong

Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
Chi Cong 2014 by Jean Paul Bernard (France). Photo: Sai Gon Online
Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
Huong River in Hue City 2016 & Phan Rang 2016 by Burak Senbak (from Turkey). Photo: Sai Gon Online
Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
“Minh Thu” by French photographer Marie José Tack. Photo: VOV

The daily activities of coastal residents such as pulling nets and carrying salt are the focal point in “Minh Thu” by French photographer Marie José Tack.

Vietnam is a country with a long coastline, so it is impossible not to mention the photos capturing the images of attractive destinations such as “Da Nang” by Domenico Ziccardi from Italy or “Binh minh doi cat Phan Thiet” (Dawn on the sand hill in Phan Thiet) by Ho Hon Yew from Singapore.

Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
“Binh minh doi cat Phan Thiet” (Dawn on the sand hill in Phan Thiet) by Ho Hon Yew from Singapore. Photo: Sai Gon Online

Photographer Jared Fraser from Canada, who has been in Hanoi for four years, contributed many impressive moments. His photos entitled “Cau Long Bien” (Long Bien Bridge) and “Tra thuoc pho co Hanoi” (Tea and cigarettes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter).

Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
“Tra thuoc pho co Hanoi” (Tea and cigarettes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter) by Jared Fraser from Canada. Photo: Sai Gon Online

In addition, the event contributed to creating cohesion between photographers and photography lovers as well as became a chance for international and Vietnamese photographers to exchange, learn and showcase their works.

Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
Da Nang 2020 by Italian photographer Domenico Ziccardi. Photo: Sai Gon online
Beautiful Vietnam Through the Lens of Int'l Photographers
An Giang 2016 & HCMC 2014 by David Poey Cher TAY (Singapore). Photo: Sai Gon Online

The Vietnam International Photography Festival is a biennial event aiming to build national brand for Vietnamese photography, popularize the country’s charms and people, and bolster international exchanges and cooperation through photography.

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