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January 2016 Featured Photographer of the Month

100 Faces of Viet Nam

Astrid Schulz | Viet Nam

Le Dinh Hung is running his own motorbike repair workshop. He started his training when he was 13 and now he is 25. He knows everything about his subject and can build custom motorbikes on request. His free time is limited. After he finishes work, he spends the evening on Facebook.

This portfolio is showing a selection of portraits across Viet Nam, representing a society, which is on the brink of change. It shows the people from a developing country caught between tradition and modernity. Photographed in 5 different cities from the North to the South, these portraits allow a view into people’s homes and work places plus an insight into their lives and concerns – some of them are unexpected.

Viet Nam is still a communist country, but it has opened its doors to the West and it is developing fast. Its cities are almost unrecognizable from how they looked 10 years ago. With this in mind I was wondering - what is going on behind doors? I wanted to take a closer look behind the facade and explore how people use their personal spaces at home or at work. The result is providing an intimate insight into the diversity of Ho Chi Ming City (South), Hanoi (North), Da Nang, Hue & Hoi An (Central Viet Nam).



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