A beautiful Vietnam through the lens of female photographers
An exhibition showcasing Vietnam through the lens of female photographers from the Ho Chi Minh City Photographers Association kicked off on Sunday morning in District 1, marking its 10th iteration after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 was a tough year for Ho Chi Minh City specifically and Vietnam generally, when women had to endure the pressure of taking care of their families while participating in the collective fight against the coronavirus.
Women from all walks of life either involved themselves in the frontline forces or delivered humanitarian aid to people in need when the pandemic hit the country.
Some were infected by the virus, but the supply of food and medicines to the pandemic-ridden areas was never disrupted.
Visitors enjoy photos of Vietnam through the lens of female photographers from the Ho Chi Minh City Photographers Association.
And during this hard time, the passion for photography bloomed on every single journey of the female photographers.
The country before and after the pandemic is depicted in 126 artworks from 42 female photographers featured at the exhibition.
Many paintings have gained awards in national and international races.
‘Trong Rung Dua Nuoc’ (In the Mangrove Palm Forest) by Khanh Phan portays a man catching fish in a pond, which was originally a bomb crater during wartime, in the middle of the Tinh Khe mangrove palm forest, the green lung in the east of Quang Ngai City under Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.
Notably, Nguyen Xuan Trang, busy as a frontline doctor, claimed the gold medal at the 46th Ho Chi Minh City Traditional Art Photo Contest.
Other familiar names with remarkable performance in national art contests include Nguyen Trang Kim Cuong and Bach To Anh.
The exhibition is open to the public until March 13 at 122 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
During the exhibition time, organizers will also introduce to photography enthusiasts a digital photo book, which presents picturesque photos of peaceful ordinary days in different regions across Vietnam.
‘Nghich Canh’ (Adversity) by Pham Kim Oanh, pictures a metal sheet house in an alley on Tran Quy Street near Thiec Market, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
‘Phien Cho Som’ (An Early Market Session) by Kim Chi depicts the vibrant air among street vendors in Hanoi, Vietnam.
‘Cung Chien Dau’ (Fighting Together) by Nguyen Xuan Trang shows doctor Phat and his colleagues encouraging each other before starting their shift in the treatment ward for COVID-19 infected pregnant women at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
‘Thu Hoach Hoa Sung’ (Harvesting Water Lilies) was taken by Thu Pham in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.
‘Tuoi Thanh Xuan’ (Youth) by Lan Hoa captures the bright smile of Luu Ly from Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
‘Thu Hoach Coi’ (Sedge Harvesting) by Thu Ba captures from above the beauty of farmers harvesting sedge in Phu Tan Village, An Cu Commune, Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam.
Dao Hoa Nu and her photos in the digital photo book
Tran Thi Tuyet Mai and her photos in the digital photo book
Nguyen Trang Kim Cuong and her photos in the digital photo book
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