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Cong Kha, collector of delta photos (July 23, 2003)

Truong Cong Kha has had a great passion for the art of photography since a little boy. After ten years of going to every corner of the Cuu Long (Mekong) river delta, Cong Kha now has around 15,000 photos featuring the life and people there. With that collection, he opened a photo data bank on the Internet addressed www.truongcongkha.com, the first of this kind in Vietnam so far.

Since a little boy, Kha had a great passion for taking photographs. His father had to save every small amount of money from crops to buy him a German made Pratika camera.

He then went to Saigon (now, Ho Chi Minh City) to learn the art. After three courses, he returned to his homeland in Can Tho because he could not earn a living as a photographic artist in such a big, commercial hub.

Building dams to prevent floods (An Giang, 9-2002).
Once, while harvesting, Kha saw a kingfisher eating a fish. He immediately took several photos. These photos, being taken at the right moment, were very lively. That photo ‘Kingfisher’ was his first artistic photo later to be introduced. After that, he became a collaborator of many central and local newspapers specialising in delta photos.

Being close with rice fields and rural areas from his very young age, with deep knowledge about land and people there, the photographer has had a lot of pictures reflecting the life in the delta in a lively and truthfully way. Images of farmers in harvesting, in fighting against drought, flood or forest fire have all been reflected in his photo collection. His photo portraying farmer Hai Huu, who has been considered as the King of Rice Seed, won the third prize in an artistic photo competition in Can Tho province.

Grandmother and grandchild.
Not a staff member of any newspapers, Cong Kha is always present in hot spots to take photos of burning issues. A series of his reportage by photos ‘Plainsmen in Flood,’ ‘People and Troops in That Son Fighting against Flood’ or ‘Delta’s Landslide Reaching Warning Level’ have been published in many newspapers.

He used more than 200 rolls of films during the construction of My Thuan bridge spanning the Tien river. He has made 20 photo reportages on this bridge for tens of newspapers.

In addition, he has also had collections of photos on the construction of Quang Trung bridge in Can Tho, Ba Lai dam in Ben Tre and many other events.

Mr Muoi Dom looking at forest fire in Ca Mau.
After ten years, photographer Kha has more than 10,000 photos featuring events, land and people of twelve Mekong river delta provinces. Hopefully, the website will be the first step for Truong Cong Kha to have more and more beautiful photos about the Mekong river delta.

(Tuoi Tre newspaper)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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