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.

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