In the frame work of the French week in Vietnam, an exhibition entitled “Vietnam, rising-up life” by Nicolas Cornet, a French photographer, will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum from April 6th to 19th. This will be the third photo exhibition by Cornet in Vietnam.
Nicolas has taken hundreds of photos about Vietnam for foreign newspapers, magazines and photo books.
He went to Ho Chi Minh City over 20 years ago. He took photos and pooled capital with his friend to open a studio. His familiar topic is daily life, customs and Vietnamese culture. He went to almost provinces and cities in Vietnam but he stayed in villages for a long time. Whenever hearing that there is an interesting land or village, he asked the ways to there despite of remoteness and difficulties.
Cornet’s photo left deep impression for its simplicity and sincere love of photographer.
It is not easy for a foreigner to take lively and simple photos about daily life. Nicolas considered Vietnam his second homeland.
His wife is a French of Vietnamese origin. They have two sons with Vietnamese name “Lưu” (12 years old) and “Thao” (10 years old). His sons have also learned Vietnamese language. They visited their maternal grandparents in central Vietnam several times.
At the exhibition, visitors will not only see photos but also watch DVD and read short stories collected by the photographer during his travel to Vietnam’s country side.
“I do not name photos. I hope that works themselves can inspire viewers to imagine and think of,” said Cornet.
Cornet said like saving the moments marking the development of a child in a family album, in the past 21 years he has recorded the development of Vietnam in each hour and each day.
“I can see changes like one sits in a room to see the whole country, people, characteristics and landmarks of a nation. My photos are moments of this contemporary life,” Cornet said.
Cornet is now a photographer and a freelancer journalist. He is coordinating with many European dailies and magazines like L’Espresso, Le Monde, Figaro Magazine, D – La Repubblica. He has had several exhibitions in France, Germany, Switzerland, Indonesia and Hanoi.
“Vietnam, Rising-up Life” exhibition is part of the French Week in Vietnam, to take place from April 6-12 in Ho Chi Minh City, organized under the sponsor of the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
During the week, Vietnamese people can participate in or attend various cultural, sports and economic activities such as a marathon, a friendly match between former football players of the Vietnamese and French national teams, fashion shows, a photo exhibition, dance performance, the Montmartre night gala, the French economic and trade exhibition and some special seminars.
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