Name: Kim Oanh Nguyen

Location: Portland, Oregon


Describe your motivation in three words:

When I was little, my mother used to say to me, “Go to school, Work Hard, and Love people.” I still live by these words. The school part is life.

What inspired this photographic series?

I was recently overseas on assignment, photographing in 6 Asian countries on the topic of Freedom of Speech and the importance of accessing media. Information is hard to come by in most of these countries due to restrictions imposed by their governments.  Most people use cellphones to access the news and social media. The  photo in the close up shot of the Samsung phone is one of a protester who was shot and killed in Cambodia. His body was never recovered. The photo was distributed on facebook by protestors as a way to document what happened.


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