Mien-Thuy Tran

Mien-Thuy Tran, Vietnam

Mien-Thuy Tran is a self-taught photographer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“Mien-Thuy Tran’s work talks about our rapidly changing society from the perspective of the ‘inner heart.’ It gives her photographs a certain mystery that attracts people to look. I believe that kind of photography is very important these days, as we are too used to seeing news photography every day,” said Kosuke Okahara, documentary photographer and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

In her 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project, Mien-Thuy Tran investigates the meaning of the Vietnamese national identity. The project follows the course of the Mekong river in South Vietnam. The river is of historical importance in the Vietnamese culture, and symbolically represents the paradoxicality and ambiguity of national identity for the photographer.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented in November 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass