A few weeks ago I had cool assignment for The New York Times come in, to photograph Mai Khoi, a young and very talented musician who’s campaigning for a seat in Vietnam’s General Assembly. Having always been occupied by party-line stalwarts, her entry into the body would shake things up, to say the least, and would be a welcome voice to many in the country I’m sure.

I’ll let you read more about it all in the article penned by Mike Ives, and I’ll share a few images we made below that didn’t make the publishing run.

I hope you enjoy and let’s wish Mai Khoi the best of luck on her candidacy!

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, in portrait in her home. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, in portrait in her home. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, in portrait in before she plays a show at Saigon Outcast. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, plays an intimate acoustic show at Saigon Outcast. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, plays an intimate acoustic show at Saigon Outcast. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, plays an intimate acoustic show at Saigon Outcast. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – MARCH 18,2016: Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, 32, a Vietnamese musician and self-nominating candidate for the National Assembly, in portrait in before she plays a show at Saigon Outcast. Markedly different in both appearance and ideas than previous candidates, she hopes her run will bring greater knowledge and increased political participation to the youth of Vietnam. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)