Vietnam Art Books -- Everyday beauty wins gold for one man

Everyday beauty wins gold for one man

First prize: Le Hong Linhís colour photo Con Dau Long (First Child) recently won the gold medal at the 2002 Art Photo Contest in Hong Kong.
HCM CITY ó Photographer Le Hong Linh manages to take home at least one gold medal from international contests every year, and 2002 is no exception.

Linh recently nabbed the gold medal at the 2002 Art Photo Contest in Hong Kong for his image Con Dau Long (First Child).

This is the 50th prize Linh has won at photo contests at home and abroad since he picked up the camera in 1997 as a diversion from his engineering career.

At the time, the photographer had no idea that the decision would lead him to international acclaim for his images that vividly capture the essence of ordinary people.

Linh focuses on candid shots of everyday life, he said. "I donít limit my themes. My photos come from sudden bursts of ideas."

However, he said that the faces of ordinary and simple people, especially women, children and the elderly, has always been his endless source of inspiration.

"It is the mind and true emotions of the artist that play a huge role in capturing human beauty."

A mechanical engineer, Linh now teaches engineering at colleges in HCM City and photography at the cityís College of Stage Arts and Cinematography.

Last year, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) ranked Linh 12th among the worldís 25 outstanding black-and-white photographers of the world.

Linh has snapped up the Grand Prix and gold medal at the Federation of International Art Photographers (FIAP) Spanish Photo Contest in 1999, the gold medal at the same contest in 1998, and the gold medal at the First European Photo Contest in 1997.

Linh has been honoured with international photographic titles including EFIAP (Excellence of the International Federation of Photographic Art), EFMPA (Excellence of the Federation of Multicultural Photographic Art) and FICS (Fellowship of the Image Colleague Society).

He is one of a small circle of Vietnamese artists who compete in local and international contests every year.

Linh admitted that international competition is expensive, and he recently spent VND900,000 (almost US$60) to mail some of his photography to Argentina.

In 2001, Linh entered 19 of the 57 international photography competitions organised by the PSA in foreign countries.

"Itís not the prizes Iím after. I learn a lot from art photo contests, and the catalogues of works by world-renowned photographers at the competitions are very useful to me," Linh said.

Apart from a few lessons from the masters at home, the international arena has taught Linh how to "capture an image in time", he said.

"These contests also keep me in touch with emerging trends and styles in international photography," he added.

Linh said he will continue to work with the camera and send his images to competitions.

"I also intend to organise an individual exhibition and publish books featuring my more artistic photos." ó VNS

Reprinted with permission from VietNam News Agency


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