Tran Tuan Viet

Tran Tuan Viet is an up-and-coming photographer. No other photographer in Vietnam has had as many photos recognised by the online photographic community of National Geographic magazine.

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Tran Tuan Viet started photography after studying architecture và working in IT. He believes his pictures are a way of telling stories.



Throw fishing in Hue, VietnamTran Tuan Viet doesn’t have that worn-out, dusty appearance of most photographers. Wearing glasses, with a clean-cut look & a confident half-smile, he gives off the impression of a lawyer who had studied his case well before trial.

Việt has been making headlines in việt nam as the photographer with the most photos getting recognised by international magazine National Geographic’s online photo community.

Over the past two years, 28 of his photos have been featured in the ‘Daily Dozen’ — a selection of 12 of the day’s best photos chosen by editors of the magazine’s online community Your Shot.

One of them, Making Incense, was printed in National Geographic’s Vision of Earth magazine in June 2017, và in its Specular photo book this month.

But Việt is not a photographer by default; he only picked up a camera after earning a degree in architecture & working for years in the IT industry. The thirty-something photographer spoke about visual storytelling and bringing images of việt nam to the world.

“I started out with photography in 2007 — it has been 11 years now. But it was not until năm ngoái that I found my own way of doing it,” he said at a photo workshop in August.

Visual storytelling “is not a genre of photography but a method to convey information,” Việt stressed.

“I pursue visual storytelling to convey stories và my subjective knowledge through photographs,” he told Việt phái nam News in an e-mail interview. “They could be portraits, landscapes, daily-life or conceptual photos… with stories behind them.”

Humans are the main subjects of Việt’s photos. His Daily Dozen photos focused on Vietnamese people during their daily routines.

Making Incense, his most widely-known work to lớn date, depicts a woman in the process of drying incense at a craft village in Hà Nội. Lying around her are bunches of incense sticks turned upside down, looking vibrant with their red and pink colours.

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Việt said it took him four months of emailing back and forth và answering tons of questions from National Geographic editors before the photo made it to lớn Vision of Earth.

View more Vietnam stories with pictures via Tran Tuan Viet’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vietsui

“I’m so pleased khổng lồ have an image of vn featured in such a global magazine,” he said of the photo.

“I had a lot of friends telling me via Facebook that they saw copies of the magazine in Japan, the US, the UK, & asking me whether I wanted them to lớn bring me a copy,” he added. “Those little comments made me happy.”

The achievement had a significant meaning for the photographer.

“It helped me understand more about the values of visual storytelling, about my capability, & the direction I want khổng lồ go,” he said. “It did not create pressure for me but quite the contrary: it inspired me a lot.”

Việt’s efforts won praise from his colleagues, who rejoiced in his success.

A photographer with more than đôi mươi years of experience, Nguyễn Long Hưng, said: “The fact that Việt has 28 photos featured on National Geographic is very meaningful. He has helped promote Vietnamese culture to lớn the world, & such an achievement is very rare for photographers at his age.

“The topics Việt chose for his photos were nothing new & had been done countless times over the decades, but he’s got a fresh perspective,” he added.

“His achievement is a great encouragement for young photographers, because judges at international photo contests tend to lớn be fairer và do not let personal relationships interfere with their job.”

Nam Nguyễn, 25, a photography student from the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, is impressed by the photos’ high aesthetic values.

“They look nice. The composition is good, he has put a lot of thought into them,” he said. “He has utilised editing software well, too.”

Việt said he liked American photographer Steve McCurry & his journey of telling stories that reflect culture, tradition and human values.

And even though he has brought home many đứng top prizes from domestic và international photo contests, Việt said winning awards is not the ultimate purpose of his practice.

“I would lượt thích to do more photography or storytelling projects that are meaningful, practical, và have human values,” he said.

“I want khổng lồ tell more stories and more powerful stories about love & meaningful things in life — stories that are universal và strive towards values that people from anywhere, of any ethnicity or religion, can feel and understand.

“Those are the values I’m striving for và wanting my photos lớn convey, not stopping at bringing Việt Nam’s images, culture, tradition and beauty khổng lồ the world through a particular lens.”

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