Thu. May 19th, 2022

VietNamNet Bridge – A photo collection by French photographer Sebastien Laval and his colleague Le Vuong featuring the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam recently got underway in Paris.

Sebastien Laval, a French photographer arrived in Vietnam for the first time in 1995 and was immediately captivated by the people and the magnificent landscapes.

He spent the next 18 years photographing and recording the lives of the 54 ethnic groups and the picturesque mountain scenery, green valleys, quaint traditional tribal villages inhabited by them which he finds mysteriously charming.

In May, 2014, over 60 photographs taken by Sebastien Laval on the Vietnamese 54 ethnic groups were exhibited at Trang Tien Bridge during the Hue Festival.

French film-makers Bertrand Edel and Faut Pas Rever also made a film on Laval and his works.

Vietnamese photographer Le Vuong is a veteran photographer. His photographs have been prominently displayed in Europe, Asia and currently hang in Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi.

Photographs taken by Sebastien Laval and Le Vuong were also showcased in the Ho Chi Minh Museum in December, 2013 as part of activities to commemorate the Vietnam-France relationship.

The event lasts through July 6.

Here are some photos by Sébastien Laval:

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval

A Pa Then girl.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

Three Khmer monks.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Chu Ru boy.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

The children in Ha Giang.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Co Tu man.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

Nung people.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A San Chay couple.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Bahna house.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Dao woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Chut woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Pako woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A San Diu old lady.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Pako man.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Muong couple.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Pa Then old man.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A fisherman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Muong woman and her son.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Coho woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

An Ede woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Mnong woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

An O Du woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Pa Di woman.

ethnic people, french photographer, Sebastien Laval 

A Pu Peo woman.

Compiled by T. Van

By vivian