The Concerned Photographer





In the presentation of work by the participants of the Bolivia photo workshop earlier this year, I have come to the second to last. Hung Tien Vu is an experienced photograph with a very distinctive photographic vision. His approach is personal and compassionate. He looks for those small details that brings forward the story in an image and heightens the viewer’s experience. Always with an eye for the deeper meaning. In many ways he represents what Cornell Capa (brother of the famous Robert and the found of International Center of Photography in New York) once described as the concerned photographer.

The pictures shown here were taken by Hung during the Bolivian photo workshop, and if you want to see more of his pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

46 thoughts on “The Concerned Photographer

  1. Even though I am not a professional, expert or even amateur photographer, your commentary reminds and focuses my intent on being an artist…and the responsibility that the word ART brings to not only me but the viewer.

  2. The quality of the photos here encouraged me to visit Bolivia 2013. It contains a fine collection of high quality work. A common feature is the photographers’ ability to choose the ‘right moment’. Are there ways in which this can be taught or is the emphasis on studying the works of the great photographers? Merely having access to photographs seems to be not enough unless students know what they are looking for.

    1. Is it possible to learn the “right” moment? I think so, but not really by reading any instruction. The best way is simply to shoot a lot and evaluate the work critically afterwards. You can do it yourself, but a workshop may also be a big push forward, since that is exactly what most photo workshops about making pictures is focusing on. Thanks for the comment, Louis!

  3. This photographer is quite the composer of his scenes. His colors are crisp and almost high-def. He makes the people jump out of the photo to a viewer.

  4. They really are beautiful images with a very particular style to them. As I’ve mentioned in a previous comment, the photo book from the workshop looks wonderful in that preview on Blurb. I’ve had a look at Hung Tien Vu’s site, using Google Translate in Chrome. Very impressive.

  5. Excellent photos! The intimacy and light of the third image grabbed me and I wanted to know more about the couple. I was also surprised by how much I liked the last image with the dog; the photographer was poised to take a different image but found another “moment”.

  6. I really like the term “the concerned photographer.” That’s an outstanding place to begin! I really gravitate to the photo of the two children simply posed in front of the wall. They have such soft expressions and their warm, soft clothing up against the crumbling old wall, is really lovely! I spent some time looking at the book you’ve compiled, and it’s wonderful. Each of these photographers is really talented!

  7. captivating – the only way to describe each photograph. the ones that posed for the photos all have that look of trust and longing to share their own lives with Mr. Vu – even the shy looking dog in the last photo. sweet. ♥

  8. I appreciate the work that Hung Tien Vu has done in these photos. I would certainly agree that he isn’t merely interested in “getting a photo”; his work shows an ability to connect if even for the time that his photography takes. I would think that both the photographer and the subject share a mutual sense of honor and compliment.

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