For several years now, Réhahn, a French photographer, has been travelling across Vietnam. “The hidden smiles of Vietnam” is his latest photographic project.
Born in 1979 in Normandy, France, Réhahn has always lived with a passion for travel and photography. For most people who travel to explore the beautiful sceneries, Réhahn travels to meet people and capture the most natural moment of those individual he has encountered. It is only through these far away places that he learns of new cultures and most importantly, learns to take photo in his very own special way. The difference between his photos from other portrait photographers is the random and natural moment, of which, he captures when spending his time to interact with the models. Réhahn’s photos leave viewers to imagine the story behind each moment because he wants viewers to discover for themselves the beauty of the photos.
In 2007, during his mission trip with a nonprofit organization to Vietnam, Réhahn fell in love with the people of this country. He began to invest more time into exploring the Vietnamese and its culture through his camera lens during his yearly trip to Vietnam. It was only in 2011 that he decided to relocate his life by moving to a small town of Hoi An, Vietnam. The photographer spends most of his time travelling and meeting new people whether it is local or tourist to search for the right moment to capture for his photos. Seven years in Vietnam travelling on his motorbike to only ¼ places of the country, he has captured over 40,000 photos; however, only 145 of the photos have made it to his first photo-book “Vietnam – Mosaic of Contrasts.”