As you may or may not know, in January this year, I took on the role of photo editor for a new publication venture here in Saigon called Oi Vietnam. As the third, and newest English publication in the city, we have some catching up and proving ourselves to do, but I believe we are doing so quite well so far. Below are a few of the tearsheets from the first two issues that feature some my work. As a glossy A4, the digital version doesn’t do full justice to the print version, but if you’re not fortunate enough to be in Saigon to pick up a copy for yourself, you can still download the full issues here.
The first two covers.
Part of a photo essay on weddings in Vietnam. The left page are images from a Cham (a Muslim minority group) wedding I came across in the Mekong Delta a while back, and the right page, a wedding I shot for a very lovely young couple late last year.
An image from several years ago when I was traveling on the Trans-Siberian across Mongolia and Russia, but it illustrated this article pretty well.
This was a fairly interesting assignment. A dance club in the far north reaches of the city, where women pay men to dance with them. I thought they might have been very shy about being photographed, but no one really seem to mind.
For this one, Huy, one of the boys who resides at Green Bamboo shelter where I spend a lot of time volunteering, volunteered himself to help us illustrate an article that was a bit hard to represent.
Each month we feature a fashion shoot. I did this first one, and other staff photographer took charge of the one in this current issue.
Restaurant reviews are a monthly feature, and god knows there’s enough of them around Saigon to fill up a few years’ issues!
In this current issue, I was happy to have an assignment that let me do a bit of the documentary work I most enjoy. Here, I was given access to attend and photograph a Vietnamese Catholic funeral. A larger selection of the images can be seen here.
As magazine work can involve many different genres of shooting in an issue, or even in a single day, moving on from the funeral images, I visited a few luxury hotels in the area for a piece on weekend escapes within the city.
And finally, a portrait of the Dutch Consul General, in another recurring segment where we speak with some of the countries and people representing them here.