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HOPA opens Fairytale Land photo exhibition

Update: June, 15/2018 - 17:09
Printing: Photographer Thái Phiên prepares for his first nude photo exhibition.
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The HCM City Photographic Association (HOPA) will officially open its first nude photo exhibition entitled Miền Cổ Tích (Fairytale Land) featuring beautiful artworks by veteran photographer Thái Phiên on June 16.

Fairytale Land will display 26 nude photos to mark the 26-year career of photographer Phiên. The photos are selected from his book with the same name which launched three months ago.

"I don’t want to display many photos because the place is a bit small," said Phiên. "However, the photos will be printed large on canvas. I’ve picked the photos I like best and I’ll tell stories behind each picture to the exhibition visitors."

The exhibition is organised by HOPA to mark a milestone for fine art photography in HCM City. Phiên had already asked three times and spent 10 years seeking permission for his nude photo exhibition, but the HCM City Department of Culture and Sports refused to grant a license for the show until now.

Artistic: One of the 26 photos by Thái Phiên that will be displayed at the exhibition. Photos dantri.com.vn

Phiên said that he is glad because this is the first nude photo exhibition to be held by HOPA and he is ready to bring the exhibition to other cities and provinces. "The exhibition is also a chance for me to promote my photo book, Fairytale Land, which was released three months ago without a launch ceremony," said Phiên.

Fairytale Land is the second nude photo book by Phiên including 34 colour and 61 black and white photos. His first book Xuân Thì (Spring Time) was launched in 2007 with 20,000 copies. The book earned him the most prestigious prize from the Việt Nam Artistic Photographers Association (VAPA) in 2009.

Born in the central province of Thừa Thiên Huế, Phiên engaged in art photography when he was an agricultural and forestry engineer. He is a member of the VAPA.

The Fairytale Land exhibition will open at 9am at HOPA’s office, 22 Sương Nguyệt Ánh, District 1. The exhibition is suitable for all ages. This is the second nude photo exhibition in HCM City. The first was organised by photographer Hạo Nhiên last September.

The Việt Nam Department of Exhibition, Fine Arts and Photography will open the first nude photo exhibition in Hà Nội at the end of July. — VNS

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