New photographers in Ho Chi Minh City now have an exciting new platform to showcase work and hone skills in professional development, exhibition-organization and artist promotion.
3 x 4 The New Photographers, a program launched by Noirfoto’s Pham Tuan Ngoc and Lilly Wong Saigon, offers mentorship, collaboration, and practical experience to emerging photographers in Vietnam. The six-week curriculum allows selected artists to develop skills in curation and marketing—they enter with a body of work and receive guidance on selection, learn about budgeting, and work on commercial and darkroom printing. This culminates in a final group exhibition hosted at Noirfoto Gallery. Photographers from all backgrounds—both Vietnamese and international— are encouraged to submit their work to the program, which will run every three-to-four months; The mentors focus on 3 x 4’s role in breaking down the barriers to entry when it comes to visual storytelling and public exhibition. “We want to form a collaborative environment and help the community grow through the program. Not only will new artists have a chance to show their work, they will also have the chance to explore their own unique styles and learn from one another over the six weeks—it’s important to bring in photographers from all backgrounds to achieve this goal”, they say.
Outside providing mentorship and technical expertise as it relates to photography and printmaking, 3 x 4 stresses critical thinking and growth through practical experience. Participating artists are immersed in each other’s’ work and the ins and outs of producing a final exhibition from start to finish.
The first installment opens on June 26th, featuring three dynamic new photographers: Antoine Wallet, Matt Payne, and Khả-Nhân. Selected photographs on display at the inaugural exhibition range from stunning landscapes of Huế to spaces of Saigon lost in time to aerial perspectives of Hong Kong.
3 x 4 The New Photographers
June 26th at Noirfoto.
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