Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
“Respect the facts.”


Politics, economics, daily life

One Shot

. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Reuters/Kham
British 'glam rocker' Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, boards a plane to Bangkok at Ho Chi Minh City airport. Communist Vietnam freed disgraced Glitter after nearly three years in prison for sexually abusing two underage Vietnamese girls, his lawyer said.
“If you want to tell the facts, nothing is more important than an image.”


I learned photography from my brother, who works as a journalist.

Becoming a photographer has allowed me to document the changes in daily life that are happening in Vietnam.

My first assignment was in September 1995 to cover the normalization of U.S-Vietnam relations. I documented every handshake after a meeting between officials from both countries. I knew all the Vietnamese key figures and was able to get all the headshots I needed.

It was a different matter, however, being able to recognise the U.S. officials. Fortunately my American boss was able to help me out.

The next day I was covering a trade fair. Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to shoot photos of people cutting a red ribbon. An older and more experienced colleague was able to give me some useful advice so I could avoid that happening another time.

My favourite image taken for Reuters was when former British rock star Gary Glitter was freed in 2008 after nearly three years in prison. I was able to take a photo of him on a plane from Vietnam to Bangkok.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest in 2010 was the assignment that left the biggest mark on me.

The biggest lesson I have learnt is to plan well for every assignment and respect everyone.