Photography by Duong Quoc Dinh

Duong Quoc Dinh is a Vietnamese artist and also an art photographer who is passionate about painting and drawing. He likes to paint since childhood. In 1989, he completed his undergraduate studies in industrial graphics at Dong Nai Art University. After working as a photographer, Duong Quook has received many national and international awards for his work.

” My life is very difficult and only rich with artistic passion since I was a child and now is what you are watching, mostly thanks to those who volunteered to model for me!I just hope the work I do for them. In the future when I am no longer in life can help them have a better life …that’s all my gratitude to them instead of thank you all!” – Duong Quoc Dinh

In Vietnam, the art of photography is confronted with difficulties due to problems associated with refined customs and habits, traditional culture, and moral barriers. Nude photographers must furtively ply their trade, or, as Tran Huy Hoan has said, engage in ‘guerrilla activities.’ Consequently, there is an absence of true professionalism. Photographers have endeavoured to overcome this through creations unique to Vietnam. If the background scenes are not shot in hotel rooms, then they are photographed in desolate places-deserted islands and wild forests-devoid of passers-by.

Aside from the nude models reserved for the students of fine arts schools, in Vietnam, at present, there are no professional models. Almost all of the nude photographers’ models are acquaintances of the artists or people who, by coincidence or by fate, happen to have a predilection for taking nude photographs; there are even models who are the photographers’ wives, lovers, or prostitutes. In skilled hands, a photograph possesses spirit, thoughts, and a story, so that it becomes a beautiful work of art with meaning. However, in Vietnam, there is an absence of professional models and the knowledge of the craft of modelling and portraying of the body. Thus, there is a disconnect between models and photographers. Models fail to grasp the intent of the artist and cannot manifest what the artist wants them to embody. Another issue is that the photographs are frequently taken secretly and in a ‘hit and run’ manner, against background locations that are hardly accommodating and free, and lack the atmosphere for models to be able to feel sublime and in tune. Therefore, many nude photography shoots fail, in spite of real sweat on the part of both the models’ and the photographer.

Perhaps owing to the influence of traditional morality and eastern culture, the Vietnamese public still lacks a pressing demand to view nude photography exhibits by Vietnamese photographers.