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”.