Photos featuring Vietnamese children from across Vietnam by French photographer Réhahn C are on exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City.
The “Childhood” exhibition, held with the support from Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Caravelle Saigon Hotel, showcases fifteen 60x90cm shots of Vietnamese children captured by Réhahn on his travels throughout the country.
Children featured in the photos come from places throughout the nation, including remote areas where Réhahn was able to capture stills of children from the Cham, M’Nong, Mong, and Ha Nhi minority groups. Réhahn said he wishes to highlight the strength, happiness, and hope of each child, despite their poverty.
“They are poor, but still find happiness in their life, and they’re in need,” he told Tuoi Tre News.
Réhahn C at his “Childhood” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City on November 15, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News
A part of the proceeds from photo sales will be donated to Christina Nobel Children’s Foundation to help children in need.
“Childhood” will be open with free admission to the public at Caravelle Saigon Hotel in District 1 until November 30.
The exhibition is also associated with Réhahn’s “Giving Back” project, which seeks to allow the 37-year-old photographer the opportunity to help the people featured in his photos.
Known for his portraits of Vietnamese people, especially from ethnic minorities in remote areas, Réhahn believes “that photographers are nothing without the people in their photos.”
Seeing the people he has met living in poverty, the photographer from Caen, France, hopes his project will help give his subjects a better life and help the country he now considers his second home.
Réhahn says Vietnam has given him a new life, in which he can do what he loves surrounded by people who treat him well.
The Hoi An-based photographer hopes his project will encourage other photographers to care for their subjects.
Visitors view photos by Réhahn C at his “Childhood” exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City on November 15, 2016. Photo: Dong Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News
Over the past four years, Réhahn has spent his time traveling through Vietnam, meeting ethnic people and taking their pictures.
So far, he has snapped around 80,000 photos of Vietnam and released several photo books following different themes about the country.
In September of this year, he brought numerous Vietnam photos, together with more than 20 traditional costumes of Vietnamese ethnic groups, back to his hometown for exhibition for the ten-day International Fair of Caen.
Réhahn’s photos of Vietnamese and traditional Vietnamese costumes he has collected were displayed at the International Fair of Caen in France in September 2016. Photo provided by Réhahn C
Below are a series of photos at Réhahn’s exhibition “Childhood”: