Remote country scenery charms veteran artist

HCM CITY — The beauty of Viet Nam’s remote countryside is the focus of Kim Son’s exhibition of photographs which opens today in HCM City.

Organised by the Viet Nam News Agency in HCM City and Viet Nam Pictorial Magazine, the collection of 61 colour and black-and-white photographs, called Moc (Pureness), is the result of more than 30 years of work.

Most of the works highlight Vietnamese people and children in work and life. Son, one of the leading photojournalists who work for the Viet Nam News Agency’s Viet Nam Pictorial Magazine, hopes that his collection will offer viewers a new look at the country’s remote areas and its people lives.

Son said he called his exhibition Moc because all of his works aim to serve life and people.

Among the works are images featuring the lifestyle of residents in the mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Ha Giang.

Black-and-white photos like Ba Va Chau (Grandmother and Grandchild), Lang Que (The Village) and Em Gai Vung Cao (The Mountain Girl) depict the lifestyle of residents who live in a beautiful environment.

“I love remote areas and particularly the mountains because of their pure and imposing manner. I want the world to see these areas and their ethnic groups,” said Son.

He is a member of the Federation Internationale de I’Art Photographique (FIAP) and Viet Nam Photographers’ Association.

In the colour photo Khi Con Giong Ap Toi (When the Rain-storm Comes), Son captures a fleeting moment of nature, juxtaposed with human life. Born into a traditional family in Ha Noi, Son began his career when he was 22, working as a war photographer for the Viet Nam News Agency.

In 1973, he volunteered to go to battle, reporting on Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.

The 60-year-old, who has travelled to many places around the country, is an advocate of Viet Nam’s beauty.

“Son’s photos focus on real life. His works reach right into the simple and natural things about people and life,” said veteran photojournalist Le Cuong, former head of the representative office of Viet Nam Pictorial Magazine in HCM City.

The exhibition takes place from May 17-25 at Viet Nam News Agency in HCM City at 116 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 3. — VNS

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