A photographic exhibition by Jean-Baptiste Huynh that will transfix you with truth. One glance is enough.

A photographic exhibition by Jean-Baptiste Huynh that will transfix you with truth. One glance is enough.

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Two
temporary exhibitions are open at Guimet Museum, Tales of the Orient (Fables
d’Orient) and Infinis d’Asie, until 20 May 2019. If you enjoy
photography, I encourage you to discover the delicate, dense work of Jean-Baptiste Huynh. In addition to the high quality
museography, the exhibited portraits really took me by surprise. They have such
an intense gaze in the instant that he captured the truest possible image of
existence. Jean-Baptiste is able to take a snapshot of the essential, without
any falseness or disco balls. In a documentary, he says that he is seeking
withdrawal and presence, that the result of his work is the meeting of two
sensibilities. That says it all. His portraits of the young woman Huyen, who he
met during his first trip to Vietnam then photographed over many years, are
particularly interesting. It is like a biography across time and gazes, of the
young girl, young woman, woman and mother; the candour and the confidence.
Overwhelmed by his work, I did not dare call out to Jean-Baptiste at the
official opening. And anyway, the photographs speak for themselves. What more
could you want?

Photo credit ©
1997, Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Huyen 1.