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French photographer Rehahn opens outdoor exhibition in Hoi An

Nguyen Quy
Tuesday,  Jul 11,2017,00:20 (GMT+7)
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French photographer Rehahn opens outdoor exhibition in Hoi An

Nguyen Quy

One of Rehahn’s photos features the six-year-old M’Nong ethnic minority girl, Kim Luan, standing next to her elephant - PHOTO: COURTESY OF REHAHN

Popular French photographer Rehahn, who has taken over 45,000 photos about Vietnam’s landscapes and people, is putting on an outdoor photo exhibition in the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam throughout this summer.

The exhibition, called “Precious Heritage”, features 40 photographs depicting the beauty of elderly women and young kids from ethnic minority groups across the country, the French photographer said in a statement sent to the Daily last week.

According to Rehahn, who has been living in the ancient town of Hoi An for six years, the photo collection is aimed to honor the exotic and colorful richness of Vietnam’s ethnic culture and preserve vanishing cultural heritage in the age of globalization.

In Vietnam, tourists, including those in the country, are often interested in exploring Halong Bay, beautiful beaches in Nha Trang, and Hoi An’s Yellow City, among others. Therefore, Rehahn has tried to depict Vietnam in a different angle. During his six-year journeys, he has witnessed more interesting facets of the country.

Speaking to the Daily on the occasion of the opening of a gallery in HCMC last month, Rehahn, who had traveled more than 35 countries before he decided to settle down in Hoi An, said he has a special love for Hoi An where he can easily find a slow pace of life without pollution and noise so that he can focus on seeking sources of inspiration to create artistic works.

With a deep passion for discovering the diverse culture and learning about unique traditions and customs of the 54 ethnic groups in the country, from food, lifestyle to traditional costumes and musical instruments, he said that the more he discovers about Vietnam, the more he realizes the country’s rich culture is beyond his imagination.

Rehahn published his first photo book on Vietnam in 2014, called Mosaic of Contrasts, followed by “Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts Volume II” in late 2015. Last March, his photograph ‘Hidden Smile’ featuring Madame Xong, a boat rower in the Hoai River in Hoi An, found its new permanent home at the Women’s Museum in Hanoi on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8).

In addition, the French photographer last month put into operation a new gallery called Couleurs d’Asie by Rehahn – Saigon at 151/7 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, HCMC to mark the 10-year milestone of his career as a photographer.

Lasting two months staring from July 1, the exhibition is open daily for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with free entrance on Nguyen Phuc Chu Street, Hoi An City.

 

 

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