Thi Kim (b. 1917): One of the pioneer female sculptor of Viet Nam.
Phung Thi (b. 1920): Woman sculptor noted for her modern styling
using different modules in the assembly and mutual replacement of form
in her work.
Ru (b. 1937), nicknamed Ny Ny Ran, has been esteemed as one of wood
sculptors who preserved the tradition of Cham Roi.
Tu Hoai (b. 1940)
Gia Huong (b. 1951)
Hai Nguyen (b. 1965)
Darlene Nguyen-Ely: A modern and abstract wood sculptor. Many of her works are displayed in various art museums and public exhibitions throughout the US.
In Viet Nam, the photo is meant to duplicate the event itself, to transport both the photographer and the viewer back to the very occurrence that prompted the photographer to press the shutter. This means photographing is more an act of conceiving-even preconceiving-rather than perceiving; of confirming rather than exploring. If there is a transformation at all, it is aimed at making the image more spiritual than temporal.
The arrangement of elements in an image is strongly attuned to the hierarchical structure and fabric of traditional Vietnamese religion and politics, which is to say, ultimately Confucian in origin. That which is important is immediately evident; the viewer's focus is clearly directed.
of order is built in, the image is uncluttered by competing interests.
In conjunction with this, photographs are strongly symbolic, and this
dovetails with a definite romantic temperament which tends to infuse
universal meaning with specific fact. Whereas a Western photographer
might make a highly personal picture of his mother loaded with autobiographical
content and through the specific imply the general, his Vietnamese counterpart
would work contrarily. Rather than photograph his own mother, Vietnamese
photographers would search until they have found an emblematic example
of motherhood, and, conceivably, title it My Mother. This image would
begin an iconographic representation through which the personal is recognized.
(b. 1918): Distinguished documentary photographer and one of the founding
members of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ha Noi.
Cao Dam, Tran Cao Linh (1925-1996): Two venerable deans of the photographic
movement in South Viet Nam in the50s/60s. Both were members of many
honored photographic societies and winners of numerous prestigious prizes.
Nguyen Ngoc Hanh: An accomplished photo-journalist of the South Viet Nam Armed Forces during the 60s/70s.