Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

He Traveled Around Vietnam On A Bike, What He Saw Took My Breath Away.

Born in 1979 in Normandy, France, Réhahn is now considered one of the best portrait photographers in the world next to big names such as Steve McCurry, Jimmy Nelson, and Lee Jeffries, and his shots of nature are just as captivating. He has been recognized by a number of photography platforms, including Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic.

Réhahn's success started with a very humble mission trip to Vietnam that he made yearly beginning in 2007 through a nonprofit organization. He fell in love with the people there, and in 2011 decided to move to the town of Hoi An.

For seven years, Réhahn traveled by motorbike across a fourth of the country and captured over 50,000 photos. His first photo book, Vietnam: Mosaic of Contrasts, includes 145 of the collection. He captured his subjects in a very natural way and offers us a perspective on the different pockets of Vietnam that many of us will never see for ourselves. The photos are left untitled, challenging viewers to come up with their own interpretations of the road trip.

View some of the majestic landscapes and beautiful people of Vietnam here:

French photographer Réhahn traveled to Vietnam for a mission trip every year since 2007.

 French photographer Réhahn traveled to Vietnam for a mission trip every year since 2007.

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In 2011, he decided to move to the town of Hoi An.

In 2011, he decided to move to the town of Hoi An.

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Hoi An was named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The area is known for its temples, pagodas, and ancient homes.

Hoi An was named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The area is known for its temples, pagodas, and ancient homes.

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In addition to Hoi An, the photographer also traveled to the secluded areas of Dong Van Valley and Mù Cang Chải.

In addition to Hoi An, the photographer also traveled to the secluded areas of Dong Van Valley and Mù Cang Chải.

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Woman in a traditional conical hat, non la, paddling through a river.

Woman in a traditional conical hat, non la, paddling through a river.

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Mù Cang Chải Rice Terrace Fields

Mù Cang Chải Rice Terrace Fields

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A closer look at the man made rice terraces at Mù Cang Chải.

A closer look at the man made rice terraces at Mù Cang Chải.

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The fields are a popular attraction for visitors to Vietnam. Although they are man made, they fit seamlessly into the surrounding landscapes.

The fields are a popular attraction for visitors to Vietnam. Although they are man made, they fit seamlessly into the surrounding landscapes.

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This particular site can be found in the Yên Bái province.

This particular site can be found in the Yên Bái province.

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Réhahn's goal is to 'capture the soul of his subjects,' be it animals, nature, or people.

Réhahn's goal is to 'capture the soul of his subjects,' be it animals, nature, or people.

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His work inspires us to learn more about the world beyond travel guidebooks.

His work inspires us to learn more about the world beyond travel guidebooks.

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Réhahn built a strong bond with many of the people he photographed. This relationship comes from many years of journeying and eventually living in the country, something we only get a taste of as tourists.

Réhahn built a strong bond with many of the people he photographed. This relationship comes from many years of journeying and eventually living in the country, something we only get a taste of as tourists.

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Many of his photos are left untitled, leaving stories and interpretations up to the viewer. I imagine this is also due in part to the maintaining the subjects' privacy.

Many of his photos are left untitled, leaving stories and interpretations up to the viewer. I imagine this is also due in part to the maintaining the subjects' privacy.

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His connection to the country is made obvious in the respect he pays to capturing its natural beauty.

His connection to the country is made obvious in the respect he pays to capturing its natural beauty.

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Through extended periods there, he was able to capture the changing seasons.

Through extended periods there, he was able to capture the changing seasons.

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Visitors can enjoy the country's nature, cuisine, coffee, and affordability.

Visitors can enjoy the country's nature, cuisine, coffee, and affordability.

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The people of Vietnam are known to be friendly and hospitable.

The people of Vietnam are known to be friendly and hospitable.

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This country is one of many in Southeast Asia with breathtaking scenes that live in the shadows of those more visited.

This country is one of many in Southeast Asia with breathtaking scenes that live in the shadows of those more visited.

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Due the success of his first photo book, Réhahn has decided to release this second book with 150 new photos.

Due the success of his first photo book, Réhahn has decided to release this second book with 150 new photos.

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Source: Daily Mail

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