Hiên
Lâm Duc

Hiên Lâm Duc

biography


Photographer French and Laotian, member of the Agence VU’ between 1995 and 2002 and since 2017.

He was born in 1966 on the shores of Mekong, in Paksé (Laos). He had followed his exiled family after the Pathet-Lao victory and had experienced the crossing of Mekong at night to join Thailand, two years of refugee’s camp and two escapes before he arrived in France in 1977. Then, he discovered his will to learn and was graduated of Beaux-Arts in Plastic Expression.

Lâm Duc Hiên has developed an involved work across the world, as for personal projects than for the press and ONG’s commands. He testifies to consequences of 20th and 21th century’s major conflicts on civilians in Romania, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and above all in Iraq, whose he covered the territory for 25 years. He is deeply invested for the protection of natural resources, and documents also the influence and the evolution of a contemporary world along the shores of Mekong and Niger.

His work is regularly published in press, edited in books or exhibited. He has won above all the Leica Award, the Great European Award of the city of Vevey, the award of Villa Medicis outside the wall, or again the award of Jean-Luc Lagardère’s Foundation. The prestigious World Press Photo had rewarded the photographer’s portraits “Iraqi People”.

“The photography of Lâm Duc Hiên is a necessity’s one. The necessity to recover his story, his childhood, his identity. The necessity because of his own past to testify to ensure that anyone else will never have to suffer the same. The necessity to say.”
Christian Caujolle

series


The Iraqi War, 2017

In 2017, the war in Iraq is still ragging. The Iraqi army, supported by the international coalition, intensifies its strikes to regain control of the last strongholds still detained by the Islamic State.

Yusra, Free Swimmer, 2016

Yusra fled the war in Syria with her little sister. She didn’t hesitate to dive into water to rescue lives during the perilous crossing between Turkish and Greece. She captured the attention of the whole world during the 100 meters freestyle swim, in which she competed in Rio as a member of the Olympic refugee athletes.

Life After Typhoon Haiyan, 2013

At the center of the Filipino archipelago, the typhoon Haiyan ravaged mountains, hills and plains on November 8th 2013. More than 6,000 deaths and nearly 4 million displaced, Haiyan left a huge ravaged land in its path, a grey area that looks like death from the air, and that inspires fear.

Femmes, après coup, 2010

The series “Femmes, après coup” is the result of the engaged work of Lâm Duc Hiên on violence against women, weather its are physicals, sexual, morals or socio-economics.

Mekong River, Stories Of Men, 2009

The photographer Lâm Duc Hiên travelling-up the 4 200 km of the Mekong River from the delta in Vietnam to its source in Tibet. Back on the waters that had cradled his childhood, he reweaves his personal history while crossing the one of the men of the river.

Faces, 2001

Photographer who has been, since a long time, committed to children rights, Lâm Duc Hiên achieves a series of portraits during missions of the organization Enfants du Monde, in Vietnam, Palestine, Algeria, Kosovo, Guinea, Madagascar, Colombia and Philippines.

Enfance, Enfances, 2001

When is a child a child? Until when, is he precisely a child? When can a child carry arms? What about boys and girl’s equity? What about the right for a child to express an opinion on decisions affecting it?

Famine in South Sudan, 1998

Repeatedly, Sudan lives through war and hunger. In Bahr-el Gazhal, the “land of gazelles” in Southwestern Sudan, competition was traditionally fierce among the Dinkas tribes to crown the greatest milk drinker. Among these semi-nomadic shepperds, quite isolated from the world, each clan had its champion, symbol of the power of the group.

Romania, the Kids on the Pavement, 1992

For the kids on the pavement, the journey ends in a deadlock. Life outside is rough. Many people have gotten lost in drugs. With few exceptions, they find themselves with no future other than bumming or prison.

The Iraqi War, 2017

In 2017, the war in Iraq is still ragging. The Iraqi army, supported by the international coalition, intensifies its strikes to regain control of the last strongholds still detained by the Islamic State.

Yusra, Free Swimmer, 2016

Yusra fled the war in Syria with her little sister. She didn’t hesitate to dive into water to rescue lives during the perilous crossing between Turkish and Greece. She captured the attention of the whole world during the 100 meters freestyle swim, in which she competed in Rio as a member of the Olympic refugee athletes.

Life After Typhoon Haiyan, 2013

At the center of the Filipino archipelago, the typhoon Haiyan ravaged mountains, hills and plains on November 8th 2013. More than 6,000 deaths and nearly 4 million displaced, Haiyan left a huge ravaged land in its path, a grey area that looks like death from the air, and that inspires fear.

Femmes, après coup, 2010

The series “Femmes, après coup” is the result of the engaged work of Lâm Duc Hiên on violence against women, weather its are physicals, sexual, morals or socio-economics.

Mekong River, Stories Of Men, 2009

The photographer Lâm Duc Hiên travelling-up the 4 200 km of the Mekong River from the delta in Vietnam to its source in Tibet. Back on the waters that had cradled his childhood, he reweaves his personal history while crossing the one of the men of the river.

Faces, 2001

Photographer who has been, since a long time, committed to children rights, Lâm Duc Hiên achieves a series of portraits during missions of the organization Enfants du Monde, in Vietnam, Palestine, Algeria, Kosovo, Guinea, Madagascar, Colombia and Philippines.

Enfance, Enfances, 2001

When is a child a child? Until when, is he precisely a child? When can a child carry arms? What about boys and girl’s equity? What about the right for a child to express an opinion on decisions affecting it?

Famine in South Sudan, 1998

Repeatedly, Sudan lives through war and hunger. In Bahr-el Gazhal, the “land of gazelles” in Southwestern Sudan, competition was traditionally fierce among the Dinkas tribes to crown the greatest milk drinker. Among these semi-nomadic shepperds, quite isolated from the world, each clan had its champion, symbol of the power of the group.

Romania, the Kids on the Pavement, 1992

For the kids on the pavement, the journey ends in a deadlock. Life outside is rough. Many people have gotten lost in drugs. With few exceptions, they find themselves with no future other than bumming or prison.

The Iraqi War, 2017

In 2017, the war in Iraq is still ragging. The Iraqi army, supported by the international coalition, intensifies its strikes to regain control of the last strongholds still detained by the Islamic State.

Yusra, Free Swimmer, 2016

Yusra fled the war in Syria with her little sister. She didn’t hesitate to dive into water to rescue lives during the perilous crossing between Turkish and Greece. She captured the attention of the whole world during the 100 meters freestyle swim, in which she competed in Rio as a member of the Olympic refugee athletes.

Life After Typhoon Haiyan, 2013

At the center of the Filipino archipelago, the typhoon Haiyan ravaged mountains, hills and plains on November 8th 2013. More than 6,000 deaths and nearly 4 million displaced, Haiyan left a huge ravaged land in its path, a grey area that looks like death from the air, and that inspires fear.

Femmes, après coup, 2010

The series “Femmes, après coup” is the result of the engaged work of Lâm Duc Hiên on violence against women, weather its are physicals, sexual, morals or socio-economics.

Mekong River, Stories Of Men, 2009

The photographer Lâm Duc Hiên travelling-up the 4 200 km of the Mekong River from the delta in Vietnam to its source in Tibet. Back on the waters that had cradled his childhood, he reweaves his personal history while crossing the one of the men of the river.

Faces, 2001

Photographer who has been, since a long time, committed to children rights, Lâm Duc Hiên achieves a series of portraits during missions of the organization Enfants du Monde, in Vietnam, Palestine, Algeria, Kosovo, Guinea, Madagascar, Colombia and Philippines.

Enfance, Enfances, 2001

When is a child a child? Until when, is he precisely a child? When can a child carry arms? What about boys and girl’s equity? What about the right for a child to express an opinion on decisions affecting it?

Famine in South Sudan, 1998

Repeatedly, Sudan lives through war and hunger. In Bahr-el Gazhal, the “land of gazelles” in Southwestern Sudan, competition was traditionally fierce among the Dinkas tribes to crown the greatest milk drinker. Among these semi-nomadic shepperds, quite isolated from the world, each clan had its champion, symbol of the power of the group.

Romania, the Kids on the Pavement, 1992

For the kids on the pavement, the journey ends in a deadlock. Life outside is rough. Many people have gotten lost in drugs. With few exceptions, they find themselves with no future other than bumming or prison.

interviews


Lam Duc Hien, photographe
Nara Keo Kosal

2020

The photographer Lam Duc Hien talks about his work on the Mekong.

En sol majeur
RFI

Interview by Yasmine Chouaki, 2010

A reporter without borders, a witness of humanitarian chaos, Lâm Duc Hiên, for several years has been interest in his own roots from the other border et in the fate of the greatest rivers in the world. He is the author of seven books and the director of the documentary: The Mekong River and the Photographer.

En sol majeur
RFI

Interview by Yasmine Chouaki, 2009

Ripped from the edges of the Mekong River as a child, passed by the refugee camps in Thailand, this “child of History” became a photographer to answer the need to fix what was amputated to him. From now on, caught up by the international actuality, the one of Romania, Kosovo or Rwanda, Lâm Duc Hiên’s lens is blending between the hell of the other and a kind-of romantic thing. Perhaps an effect of the Mekong, this river as mystical as it is enchanting.

books


Faces

Anako Editions - 2001

Carnet de visites

Actes Sud – Photo poche société n°6 - 1999

Enfance, enfances

Coédition Liana Levi-Unicef - 1999

Faces

Anako Editions - 2001

Carnet de visites

Actes Sud – Photo poche société n°6 - 1999

Enfance, enfances

Coédition Liana Levi-Unicef - 1999

Faces

Anako Editions - 2001

Carnet de visites

Actes Sud – Photo poche société n°6 - 1999

Enfance, enfances

Coédition Liana Levi-Unicef - 1999

Awards


Prize of the Festival “Chroniques Nomades”, France

2004

World Press Photo Contest, first prize category “Portrait Stories”, Netherlands

For his work « Iraqi people under the embargo”

2001

Villa Medicis Hors les Murs Scholarship

1996

European Prize of the city of Vevey, Switzerland

1995

Prize of the National Center of Photography, Less Thirty, France

1994

Prize of the Foundation Marcel Bluestein-Blanchet, France

1994