Famed Vietnamese photographer Dinh Tien Mau, the owner of the famous Vien Kinh Photo Studio in Saigon – the old name of Ho Chi Minh City – and the man who snapped dozens of portraits of popular artists in southern Vietnam, passed away on October 8 at the age of 85. For over two decades from the early 1960s, Vien Kinh Studio at 227 Phan Dinh Phung Street, now Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, enjoyed excellent reputation for hosting magnificent photo exhibits featuring Mau’s works. Portraits on display at the studio often included the hottest movie stars, singers, and theater performers of the time. During the 1960s, Vien Kinh and Director Le Dan’s Binh Minh Studio on Bui Thi Xuan Street are the two go-to spots for Saigon dwellers in search of the right photographer to snap a perfect family portrait. From left to right: Thang Long band, singer Le Thu, and singer Thanh Lan. Photo: Dinh Tien Mau Dinh Tien Mau was born in Hanoi’s Lai Xa Village, an area known for turning out prolific Vietnamese photographers. He moved to Saigon with his family at the age of 13 and started working as an apprentice at Van Van Studio on… Read full this story
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