Impressive moments of Vietnam photography in int’l newspapers in 2015

VietNamNet Bridge – Let’s take a look at the most dramatic moments of Vietnam photography at international photography awards and international media in 2015.Of the top eight photos selected by National Geographic in February 2015, one belongs to a Vietnamese photographer. It’s the photograph featuring an old man leading a bicycle carrying bamboo fishing baskets by Ly Hoang Long. March: Five works by Vietnamese photographers entered the final of the annual photo awards held by … [Read more...]

20 fascinating images of Vietnam

Photography Life Magazine recently posted 20 fascinating images of Vietnam taken by four photographers on its website in a piece entitled Visions of Vietnam – 4 Photographers, 4 Styles. Circle of Dreams – A young woman naps in a round boat woven from bamboo on Vietnam’s central coast, near Phu Yen. The locals say the round shape allows for easy manoeuvrability when fishing in shallow coastal waters. A Room with a View – The endless rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi are … [Read more...]

Dong Ho folk painting shines at Asia festival in New York

Hundreds of Dong Ho folk painting delighted visitors at an Asian festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. At the Vietnamese stall decorated with eye-catching colourful lanterns from Hoi An, attendees could pick Dong Ho drawings and have them printed as gifts. Woodcut prints, do (poonar) paper and colours made from natural materials purchased in Dong Ho village were used to generate approximately 300 pictures in five hours. The Dong Ho drawings are black and … [Read more...]

Ceramics museum offers trip through local pottery history

VietNamNet Bridge - An old-style tile-roofed house appeared in the middle of a large open public ground next to the headquarters of Kim Lan Commune People's Committee. Hesitation stopped me for a while before I entered the first community museum in Viet Nam. The ceramic wares inside glass cabinets quickly caught my eyes. There were too many pieces to comprehend during a short visit. … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s Lantern festival to light up lunar New Year

HOI AN (VNS)– The ancient city of Hoi An will host a lantern festival to celebrate the lunar New Year on February 9-16, the city's culture and sport centre told Viet Nam News yesterday. The festival's organising committee said that around 50 lantern centres in the city would take part in the annual cultural event. "The best lanterns with traditional designs will light up for lunar New Year's eve on February 9. The 500m long road from An Hoi bridge to the Hoai River Square will be lit up by … [Read more...]

Little Artist Girl, Hoi An

By: Lauren Quinn The best cup of coffee—or rather, glass of coffee, tinkling with ice cubes and a teeny spoon for stirring—I had in Hoi An wasn’t at one of the wicker-chair, wifi-ready terrace cafes with an English menu. Sure, those were nice too: to sit and look out on the lantern-lined pedestrian streets and tailor shops and footbridges and the grey strip of water on which paper-mache Tet floats and old wooden boats nodded “yes, yes.” But those were more of the ambiance. The best … [Read more...]

Bad art drives out good in Hoi An Town

Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors, attracted by its handsomely preserved buildings and bustling art scene. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Many painters have moved to Hoi An Town to live, draw and open their galleries. Walking along the old streets of this acclaimed ‘world heritage site,’ one can see a hundred … [Read more...]

‘Whisper to lotus’ with artist Nguyen Thi Tam

"Whisper to lotus", a solo exhibition to mark 55 years of creating silk paintings and the 75th birthday of seasoned artist Nguyen Thi Tam debuts on Wednesday at the City Exhibition House in HCM City's District 1. The exhibition displays 50 , silk paintings, oil on canvas and sketches created by the artist across the country in the past few years. … [Read more...]

Le Doi

Nguyen Quy DucPublished on 10/1/95 on Things Asian Le Doi paints colorful tableaux, yet there is an undeniable sadness in them. His subjects are most often face to face with solitude. Nude figures are painted from the back, their heads usually buried into a fluid landscape that suggests a desert of red earth. In one, called Dreamscape, the tilted head is definitely that of a woman in grief. The pose is almost cliche, yet the effect is neither sentimental nor precious, even with the abandoned … [Read more...]

Vietnamese silk paintings

In Vietnam , painting on silk is popular. Vietnamese artists found these technique to be a unique way to create mystique and a charming sense of mystique in their paintings. By using contemporary colors, Vietnamese silk painting has won the hearts of many art lovers. After a long period of development of techniques and styles, silk painting reached its highest period of success during the years 1925-1945 . The Vietnamese style of silk painting emphasized softness, elegance and a … [Read more...]