23 March, 2022


On the afternoon of March 19 at Vy Gallery, 20 Nguyen Van Thu, Da Kao Ward, District 1 (HCMC), photographer Le Hong Linh will open the second solo photo exhibition Morning and evening – curated by the artist. Artist Zach Sch (from New York, USA) from 120 photos by Le Hong Linh, showing empathy in art of two generations old – young, Western and Eastern.

Explaining the topic of Light and Dark, Le Hong Linh said: “From ancient times, photography was conceived as an art of light and shadow, photography is painting with light, a game of light. Without good light, it is difficult to take a good photo. No matter how beautiful the subject is, if the light is mediocre, it will be difficult for that subject to stand out. Therefore, light is the first form of shaping that the photographer must think of to capture the soul of things. But, when it comes to light, one must also pay close attention to the darkness. The dark part and the dark background will serve as the background to honor and highlight the light part.”


Phiêu với 'Sáng và tối' cùng Lê Hồng Linh - ảnh 1

Artworks with honoured awards: Light & Shadow


The exhibition introduces 30 photos, including 10 color photos and 20 monochrome photos, of which two photos, “Light and Shadow” (with over 30 international prizes) and Time No.7 (with 50 international prizes), have been internationally honored. They are known as photographic masterpieces of the world, showing the subtle exploitation of “light and dark” in Le Hong Linh’s photo as two opposites that always exist side by side with profound philosophies. A monochrome photo is also a color photograph with a simple structure and subtle transitions from white (light) to black (dark) as expressing right – wrong, good – bad as well as attitude, feelings of the photographer to life.

Since 1990, photographer Le Hong Linh has been engaged in art photography. He is a member of the Photographic Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HOPA), Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA), The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Photographic Society of America (PSA), Image sans Frontière (ISF), Member of Asia Photographers Union (APU). He used to teach photography at the University of Theater and Cinema Ho Chi Minh City (1998 – 2007); From 2010 – 2014 was the Chairman of the Art Council of the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists. He is also the first Vietnamese photographer to be ranked first in the world by the Photographic Society of America in large-format monochrome prints (2005).


Phiêu với 'Sáng và tối' cùng Lê Hồng Linh - ảnh 2

Artworks with honoured awards: Time #7


In the same year, 2005, he was established by the Vietnam Record Organization as the most awarded photographer in Vietnam. He had 30 works displayed in the Spanish International Museum of Photography, the Museum of Hong Kong Heritage, PSA Perpetual Collection, India Perpetual History Collection. Art photo exhibition with world-famous photographers in France (1998), Malaysia (2003), USA (2006), Macao, Sri Lanka (2008), Pakistan (2009), France (2009), Indonesia ( 2013), Italy, Korea (2018), Korea (2019).

On this occasion, artist Le Hong Linh also displayed the photo book Empathy – The Untold Stories beautifully presented by his daughter. The book is documented in English – Vietnamese bilingual, including black and white and color works, capturing the impressive moments of photographer Le Hong Linh in more than 30 years of work. Empathy – The Untold Stories are accompanied by inspirational maxims experienced and composed by the author. The exhibition runs until April 30.

Souce: Thanh Niên Press


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