Nguyen Anh Mai is a Vietnamese visual artist who has great concern in contemporary issues. He majored in Economics at University of Surrey, United Kingdom. However, his interest in documentary photography lead him to work in the field of photojournalism. His works are often a mixture of observational and poetic documentary with heavily personal emotion influence.
In 2013, he joined VnExpress Newspaper and worked as the main staff photographer. In 2015, Nguyen Anh quitted his job at VnExpress and has been freelancing for various local news outlets as well as focusing on his personal projects.
In 2016, Nguyen Anh finished a One Year Certificate at International Center of Photography in New York.
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One afternoon in Feb 2015, Mrs. Huong received a call from her second daughter. Her face started to brighten up, she hurriedly phone up the rest of her family to notify the news. Mrs. Huong, who is 77 years old this year, has been living alone in Hanoi since 2003 when her husband passed away. Having been through two great wars of Vietnam, she knows very well what pain and loss are. However, the separation is perhaps still burdened her until this very day.
In the Spring of 2011, the nationwide protest against President Bashar al-Assad's government turned into an armed conflict. Since then, the ongoing war has left the country devastated and million of people suffered. In 2014 report, the UN stated that 6.5 million Syrian people have been displaced and nearly 200.000 people have been killed.
These photographs aim to chronicle the lives of people in Syria including civilians and soldier who are suffering the horrors of war and trying to lead a normal life.