More than 100 photos featuring the life and culture of 54 ethnic groups
of Vietnam are on display at the Luxembourg gardens of the French
Senate in an exhibition themed “ Vietnam – Unity in diversity – 54
faces and costumes of Vietnam’s ethnic groups.”
The black-and-white and colour photos were taken by French photographer
Sebastien Laval and his Vietnamese colleague Le Vuong.
Laval, who arrived in Vietnam for the first time in 1995, quickly
fell in love with Vietnam . He has spent nearly 20 years of his life
capturing the beauty of landscapes and people from ethnic groups in the
most remote areas across the country. The photos that he brought to the
event were taken from 1997-2014.
95-year-old veteran photographer Le Vuong has devoted his whole life to
the art of photography. He has won a number of world prestigious awards.
Addressing the opening ceremony on June 26,
Jean-Pierre Bel, Speaker of the French Senate, said the Senate is
honoured to host the event which he described as a meaningful activity
to promote the friendship of people of both countries.
The photo vividly featured portraits of the people, their daily lives,
costumes and religious rituals, which have become part of the world’s
memory and cultural heritage that need restoring and preserving, he
Ambassador Duong Van Quang, Head of Vietnam’s
Mission to UNESCO, said there is no big or small cultures, just cultures
and their diversity, adding that Vietnam and France are joining hands
in safeguarding these cultural values, not only in the framework of
bilateral cooperation but also at international forums, especially the
The exhibition, jointly organised by the
France-Vietnam Friendship Association, the Vietnamese Association in
France and the French Institute, will stay opened until July 6.
On the occasion, a collection of traditional costumes of 20 Vietnam’s
ethnic groups by Alain Dussarps, Vice Chairman of the France-Vietnam
Friendship Association, is also on display.-VNA