Matca Creation Grants 2021

Nguyen Bang Giang: Dark Shadows

The Storytelling Through Portraits Workshop took place from 20 to 22 November as part of the World Press Photo Exhibition: Best of Three 2018 – 2020 in Hanoi. It is organized by Matca and supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam. 

During three intensive days, 13 participants discussed different aspects of making portraits, worked on their proposed projects, and edited their photos under the mentorship of veteran photographers Binh Dang and Linh Pham. Within the time constraint, the workshop focused on the process instead of the outcome, encouraging participants to experiment and get out of their comfort zone rather than making a fully complete body of work. However, each and everyone put in considerable effort to realize a mini-series that expressed their own idea and perspective.

Nguyen Bang Giang: Dark Shadows

I am haunted by a strange repeating dream. In the encroaching darkness, I could only feel insecurity and sorrow.

The photos disclose my emotional life where fleeting moments of happiness appear amidst the wounds and trauma.

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