Starting his photography journey since 1990.
Member of Vietnam Association Photographic Artists (VAPA), International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Photographic Society of America (PSA), Image Sans Frontier (ISF), life-long member of Asia Photographers Union (APU).
Linh had more than 10 years working as a lecturer of photography at the University of Theater and Cinematography HCMC.
2009 – 2014: Chairman of the Art Council of the VAPA.
He was also crowned R.ISF5, SA.WIEP, EP.PSM, HonE.PSSM, E.FMPA, HonE.PAS, HonE.YMCAPS, HonF.PSG, FAPU, HonPEPSGSPC, etc. by APU, ISF, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao, Pakistan
In May 2011, he was crowned MFIAP (Master Photographer of The International Federation of Photographic Art).
In February 2005, Linh was honored First Guinness of the Artistic Photograph Award Winner in Vietnam.
In October 2013, Linh participated in the masterpieces exhibition of “TOP 10” global photographers in Hong Kong.
His works are exhibited with many works of the world’s most famous photographers in France (1998), Malaysia (2003), USA (2006), Macao, Sri Lanka (2008), Pakistan (2009), France (2009), Hong Kong (2013), Indonesia (2013), Italy and Korea (2018 - 2019), etc.
30 of his Photographic Masterpieces are exhibited permanently in the International Photography Museums in many countries, including Hong Kong, USA, Spain, Singapore, Austria, Japan, India, etc.
I have been long associated with Le Hong Linh. We have taken photos together, served together on the same jury panels, and worked together on photographic projects such as the Black-and-White Biennial of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the 30th FIAP Congress, and the 32nd FIAP Youth Print Biennial.
Once again, I am delighted to be associated with Linh for the launch of his solo photographic exhibition and book “Empathy – The Untold Stories”, which unveils for the first time a collection of his unpublished works. As the title suggests, the collection focuses on “empathy” through the “life diaries” that he has compiled with photographic images. With those images, Linh wants to share his first-hand experience that through the eyes of each child, and the wrinkles of each elderly person, is a soul unfettered by the harsh realities of life in the countryside of Vietnam – showing their simple joy, their quiet despair, and their hope.
Linh’s name in the international photography circles caught my eye even before I first met him in Vietnam in 2009. By then, his works had already won numerous awards and were accepted for exhibitions in different parts of the world. In 2005, he was the first Vietnamese photographer ranked Number One in the Photographic Society of America’s “Who’s Who” in the monochrome print category, and also set a record as the “Most Award-Winning Photographer” in Vietnam.
In 2010 Linh was awarded the coveted Master Distinction (MFIAP) by the International Federation of Photographic Art with 20 of his excellent monochrome prints. Thirty of his other prints were selected for permanent collection by international photography museums around the world, including Hong Kong, USA, Spain, Austria, Japan, India, etc
Linh is a versatile photographer. He is equally adept in photographing human subjects and other scenes. He has an eye for good lighting, which he uses creatively together with his various photographic techniques, to enhance the visual mood of his work. He also photographs his subjects, both young and old, with love and empathy which enables him to capture the fleeting moments when their true feelings and personalities emerge.
Apart from his personal achievements in photography, Linh has helped in grooming many young talents in photography. He used to teach photography in the University of Theater and Cinematography for more than 10 years, and was the Arts Council Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) from 2009 until 2014.
Linh has come a long way photographing people in different rural parts of Vietnam. Touched by the underprivileged children whom he had photographed, he was determined to contribute towards developing an environment that would help them nurture their knowledge and soul, as his give-back to the community.
I commend Linh for his initiative to hold an auction for his works after his one-week exhibition. Full proceeds from the auction, together with the sales proceeds from his photo books (1000 copies), will be contributed to the “Library of Dreams” Project which aims to build more libraries for children in the rural areas of Vietnam. By contributing to this meaningful cause, Linh has set a good example to encourage other photographic artists to do likewise in helping the underprivileged in our society through photography.
I wish Linh every success on his solo exhibition and book launch. For aspiring photographic artists who are unable to attend this meaningful exhibition, I am convinced that the images in this book will be a source of inspiration for them.
MFIAP, HonEFIAP, FRPS, APSA, GMPSA
(Board Member and Director of Promotion and Partnership International Federation of Photographic Art)