photographer Réhahn Croquevielle’s love for Vietnam
photographer Réhahn Croquevielle travelled to 32 countries but then settled
in Vietnam because, he says, this place has brought him endless inspiration.
fell in love with Vietnam’s people and landscapes during a visit here in
2007. After that trip, he returned every year to continue exploring Vietnam’s
people and culture.
Croquevielle decided to live in Hoi An town, Quang Nam province, to pursue
his passion for photographing Vietnam. He also adopted the name Réhahn Hoi
made trips to many different areas to capture the beauty of Vietnam in his
photos and says the Vietnamese people are always friendly and hospitable.
taking portraits as they capture a moment which we can never experience
again. Photos of landscapes, we can do again. Each portrait reflects a story
of a person and I am a collector of those stories,” he said.
In 9 years of travelling across remote parts of Vietnam
by motorbike, Réhahn has taken nearly 50,000 photos. He published 150 of the
best photos in his photo book “Vietnam-Mosaic of Contrasts”.
Réhahn says what impresses him most about Vietnam is
its cultural diversity. Vietnam is a picture its contrasts, with 54 ethnic
minority groups, each with its own culture.
says that despite rapid changes, Vietnam has preserved its traditional
Nguyen Thi Thong, Croquevielle’s assistant, says there
is a moving story behind every portrait he takes. Croquevielle sometimes goes
a long way to meet again a person he has photographed to thank them and give
them some gifts.
Thi Thong shared, “Réhahn often visits the people he has photographed and
offers them some help. He uses the money earned from his photos and photo
books to help those people”.
Many of Réhahn Croquevielle's photos of Vietnam have
appeared in prestigious magazines and websites.
“Hidden smile” featuring 70-year-old boat rower Bui Thi Xong of Hoi An has
been published on a number of US newspapers and magazines including the Los
Angeles Times, the Daily Mail, and National Geographic, and was voted the
world’s most beautiful photo of a woman.
represents Vietnamese woman who is happy and optimistic despite life’s
difficulties. The photo is on display at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.
Bich Van, the Museum’s director, noted, “The photo is very meaningful to the
museum because it depicts the beauty of Vietnamese women. Apart from its
beauty, it also reflects the will and kindness of Vietnamese women”.
Croquevielle plans to publish a photo book on Vietnam’s