was born in 1949 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Both my elder brothers were students
at a movie school, where I also studied.
After graduation, I worked as a cinematographer
at a Vietnamese film company. When
shooting a film, we often went to
the countryside. Sometimes, we were
there for several weeks. I realized
that the script that we followed was
far removed from the reality of those
villages. I was not the script writer,
nor was I a director. I could not
shoot a film according to my ideas.
That was when I thought about the
Vietnamese contests they like pretty
pictures. Many smiles are awarded.
My 'concerned photographs' would never
get awarded. Neither have I participated
in any of those contests.
in the countryside work hard in the
brick kiln, but are still considered
to be inferior labourers, and paid
only a dollar a day. I only saw their
hats on the heads, which reinforced
their image as objects rather than