"Early Photography in Vietnam"
A Talk by Terry Bennett
Language: English & Vietnamese
Time: Friday, December 27th, 2019 from 6.30pm
- Through Ticketbox.vn: 130,000vnd / Normal Ticket ( 80,000vnd / student & Salon Saigon Member tkt)
- At Entrance: 150,000vnd / Normal tkt (100,000vnd / student & Salon Saigon Member tkt)
** Vietnam's economic growth rate in recent years has been impressive. If it continues on its current trajectory, within a few short years, it is likely to become one of the major economies in Asia. The country has had a turbulent history – not least throughout the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries. Under French control for 100 years from the 1850s until the 1950s, this book captures that period on camera. Early Photography in Vietnam chronicles the advent of photography in Vietnam, and then, through the lense of the photographer – either Vietnamese or foreign - allows the reader to witness the events which affected and shaped its destiny.
British writer and photo-historian, Terry Bennett, will discuss his latest book, Early Photography in Vietnam, which is the first comprehensive publication on the history of photography in Vietnam. The book also tells the story of the development of photography during the French colonial period from the 1850s until independence in the 1950s.
During his talk, Bennett will discuss the introduction of the camera to Vietnam, the development of French and Vietnamese-owned studios, and the lives of some of the main photographers. His talk will be illustrated with rare photographs – many of which have not been previously published. These will include the first ever photograph taken in Vietnam in 1845; the earliest photographs of Vietnam and the Vietnamese (1850s-1860s); portraits of royalty, mandarins, merchants, shopkeepers, farmworkers; different ethnic groups; early views of Saigon, Hue, Hanoi etc.; 1863 embassy to France; the independence struggle up to the 1950s.
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Salon Saigon is a refined and hidden-away space dedicated to contemporary creation and Vietnamese culture.
It is located in a two-floor historical house (belonging to US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr and his family, during their stay in Saigon from 1963 to 1967) in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
Salon Saigon’s name and concept refers to the Salons (gatherings) that flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
Its main function is the presentation of contemporary creation and Vietnamese culture through art exhibitions, performances, conferences, screenings, educational programs, and a unique collection of tri-lingual resources available at the library.
The Permanent Collection:
Salon Saigon permanent collection is displayed on the 2 floors and comprises art pieces by acclaimed contemporary Vietnamese artists such as Dinh Q. Le, The Propeller Group, Tiffany Chung, Oanh Phi Phi,Bui Cong Khanh, Nguyen Manh Hung, Truong Tan, Hoang Duong Cam while aiming to promote Vietnamese emerging artists as well.
The collection focuses on how artists put in perspective Vietnamese tradition and heritage with current issues.