Hanoi Launches Exhibition of Modern Japanese Photography

An international photography biennale, Photo Hanoi'23, is hosting a cultural event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Vietnam.


Hai Thanh has achieved much acclaim from the local photography scene for his skill in taking breathtaking pictures that capture the everyday, establishing himself as a bona fide professional photographer.

 Photographer Hai Thanh. Photo: Maika

In the upcoming exhibition, “While in Japan”, to be held from May 19 to June 4 at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, visitors will be treated to a unique display of photographs featuring an intriguing insight into the modern-day Japan, particularly Tokyo. This captivating showcase, brought to life by the renowned photographer, is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

The series of stunning photographs of Japan was taken when Thanh first visited the country with his family in 2016, to capture his personal experiences and memories during his extended six-month stay in a country with such a rich and distinctive culture.

The vivid impressions of his first visit to Japan inspired him to return and learn more about its lifestyle, urban landscapes, the people going about their orderly and logical ways of life, and the harmonious and contrasting juxtapositions that are present in everyday life.

During his time in Japan, the artist had the opportunity to take photographs of various places. However, it was Tokyo, the capital city, that left the most lasting impression. Its culture is truly remarkable, with unparalleled diversity and an unbridled spirit of self-expression. Capturing its essence through a lens proved to be an unforgettable experience.

The poster of the photo exhibition titled “While in Japan” by photographer Hai Thanh 

The stunning photographs of the exhibition, carefully selected by the artist himself, provide us with a unique insight into his personal and subjective viewpoint during his journeys to Japan in 2016, 2018, and 2019.

According to Thanh, photography initially was just a hobby of his. However, over time, it became an outlet for him to express himself and communicate his messages to the world.

After working as a freelance photojournalist for local and international news agencies, and participating in the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation twice (in 2007 and 2010), Thanh became an accomplished professional photographer.

He now devotes much of his time to organizing workshops for young amateur and professional photography enthusiasts. Since the start of his photography career in the early 2000s, Hai Thanh has held numerous group and solo exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad, and has been met with critical acclaim.

In addition to the exhibition, the photographer is offering a portfolio review (for photo analysis) on May 21 at 3 pm at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, located at No. 27 Quang Trung Street, Hanoi. This review is specifically aimed at young photographers.