A Gentle Vietnam through American Photographer’s Lens

After three times of visiting Vietnam, American freelance photographer Chuck Kuhn still keeps his love for the S-shaped country and expects to settle down here.

Starting his work in architecture, but Chuck Kuhn from San Francisco has attached to the camera from 15 years ago and become a freelance photographer. He went to Vietnam three times, first in 2005 when he registered as a photographer for Emeraude Cruise, a luxury yacht for tourists in Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province.

Within 3 weeks of working in Vietnam, Chuck Kuhn made friends and became the first American photographer in the forum Photo.vn (forum of photographers and photography lovers in Vietnam). After lively discussions with members of the forum, he and Le Bich, a photojournalist, became close friends and still keeps in touch until now. In his first trip to Vietnam Chuck Kuhn went through a lot of places like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang and Can Tho.


A funny gathering between Chuck Kuhn and Vietnamese friends

One year later, he came back Vietnam in two weeks. In this time, he not only took photo on the cruise but he also had chances to visit some attractions in Lao Cai such as Sa Pa and Bac Ha. His latest visit after 8 years is on August, 2014, he spent 1 month to discover as well as experience the S-shaped country.

In this trip, he took photos of Nam Dinh ancient churches, boat on Van Long pond (Ninh Binh province), came back Sa Pa on rice harvest season and many other attractions. However, he spent almost time staying and working in Hanoi, together with some journalists visit traditional craft villages such as Son Dong fine art village in Hoai Duc district.


Craftsmen in Son Dong village, Hoai Duc district, Hanoi


Gentle smiles of Vietnamese women through lens of American photographer


Chuck Kuhn in Vietnam highlands

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