“I think we were all very lucky because it was a mixed but harmonious group. Everybody let everybody in his/her secrets and shared. I can clearly see that Asian photographers try very hard to reach international standards. They have a big chance to do that for several reasons. One is that they are very well organised and reliable. I have a good overview of how the next generations of photographers are developing in Germany, but no idea how young photographers struggle in other countries. Therefore this experience was very enlightening for me.” – Tutor Ruth Eichhorn (Geo Magazin, Germany).
Twenty young photojournalists from 19 ASEM member countries took part in the exhibition, which is also the first ASEM 5-related cultural event. The attendees attended presentations and shared experiences with their tutors, as well as worked on assignments related to the theme “Urban Cnvironment” in Hanoi. Through the forum, participants learned more about assignments, personal projects, marketing, and photojournalism as a business.
Selected photographs from this forum, together with those from the Asia-Europe Forum For Young Photographers 2003 held in Amsterdam, were on display at Vietnam’s Hang Bai Exhibition Centre and National Cinema Centre. Visitors discovered more about the positive aspects of migration in Amsterdam, as well as gained perspective on Hanoi’s past and present. The exhibition then travelled to Amsterdam and Singapore.
Hoai Linh, Vietnam Pictorial
Ruth Eichhorn, Director of Photography, Geo Magazin, Germany
Alberto “Bullit” Marquez, Associated Press, Philippines
John Stanmeyer, Photographer, Time Magazine (US/Bali)
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Ministry of Culture and Information, Vietnam
World Press Photo