Finding outlets for photo-based artworks


Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), B1-R3 Floor, Royal City, 72A Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan


22.05.2021, 14:00-16:00

* Free entrance, available in Vietnamese


While earning a living from art is not everyone’s cup of tea, it plays a significant part in sustaining an artist’s practice. As photography is a relatively new medium in contemporary art, is there a market for it in Vietnam, and how do aspiring photo artists enter the scene? Let’s hear it from two experienced artists: Nguyen The Son, whose works are in many private and public collections around the world, and Pham Tuan Ngoc, founder of Noirfoto Darkroom – Gallery – Studio. 


Nguyen The Son (1978) was born in a family of artists. He graduated from Vietnam University of Fine Arts’ Faculty of Painting in 2002 and completed his Master’s Degree in Art Photography at the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China in 2012. His renowned photo reliefs exploring the transformation of urban cities have been widely exhibited and collected in Vietnam and elsewhere. Apart from teaching at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, The Son actively curates and organizes public art projects. 

Pham Tuan Ngoc (1982) is a Vietnamese photographic artist and the founder of Noirfoto, the only open-access, professionally-equipped darkroom in Vietnam. In the burgeoning photography scene of Ho Chi Minh City, Tuan Ngoc spearheads the local photographic community through a holistic, scientific approach to photography and arts education. Devoted to experimentation with traditional techniques; for Ngoc, the act of meticulously crafting each image is integral to the final work. From conception to completion, his process is slow and tangible, demanding absolute participation and attention to detail.