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.


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Photographer based in Norway
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46 Responses to 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. Angeline M says:

    All I can say is oh my goodness! Beautiful work. I especially am caught up in the last two photos; I really see the passion there.

  3. David Hall says:

    A very good series of photographs that would not look out of place in the National Geographic Magazine.

  4. Louis says:

    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.

    • munchow says:

      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!

  5. Been a great trip to be with you on

  6. Impassioned humaneness and powerful graphic sense add up to exquisite, moving photos!

  7. Arindam says:

    Great photographs. Each frame has captured different human emotions beautifully. Thanks for sharing these wonderful work, Otto.

  8. YellowCable says:

    Absolutely agreed with distinctive photographic vision by Hung. Well capture technically and emotionally!

  9. drawandshoot says:

    These are really wonderful.

  10. likeitiz says:

    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.

  11. viveka says:

    Very talent … just love the last one .. with the feet and the animal (dog??) as the main object. My favorite. Very bold in his in his art.

  12. Your introduction and his vision says it all. The last image really grabs my heart.

  13. 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.

  14. I like the use of the available light, great photos!

  15. 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”.

  16. Yvonne says:

    OMG I love the first photo!

  17. 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!

  18. Sun says:

    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. ♥

  19. I am always in amazement whenever I look at the pics you take. You capture the moments and the inner emotions of your subject like it is connected with the camera.

  20. Phil Vaughn says:

    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.

  21. Beautiful! Hung captured some relaxed, candid moments with obvious respect for his subjects.

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