24/09/2020 15:13 GMT+7 print

Vietnam’s imprint on French photo festivals

In early 2020, photographer Ly Hoang Long sent 2 collections called "Mud wrestling" and "12-lamp ceremony" to compete in the "Chemins de Photos" festival (Photography path) at L'aude, southern France without much expectation. His both collections were in the top 10 out of 150. "Mud wrestling" was even ranked 4th out of 150.

This year, the Chemins de Photos Festival had the theme "Scènes de vies - Life Stories". Nearly 50 collections of photos were displayed along the 40 kilometer hillside through many villages.

After a one-month-delay due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Chemins de Photos Festival, organized by Association D119, opened on July 11 and was broadcast live on the website http://www.cheminsdephotos.com/ and via a photo book online: https://fr.calameo.com/read/0043228906fce8dd9bb2a.

Earlier, in 2010, photographer Ly Hoang Long was invited by the Image Sans Frontière (ISF) to the Bretagne region of France to attend the La Gacilly Photo Festival.

La Gacilly Photo Festival in the Bretagne region attracts a number of visitors. Photo: Ly Hoang Long

"Mud ball wrestling" on display at the "Chemins de Photos".  Photo: Ly Hoang Long
Unlike other award ceremonies and openings of international competitions that Long attended, the La Gacilly Photo Festival was more diverse with a variety of activities. These included the workshops of contemporary photographers.

According to the photographer most photography festivals in France are organized using the same format. Each street and corner is a separate exhibition area displaying large color or black and white photos. There is always an area for pictures taken in the 19-20th centuries to show the history of photography development.
By Ly Hoang Long