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Interview - Rehahn Croquevielle: Vibrant, Captivating Documentary Photography

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Rehahn Croquevielle is a French portrait and travel photographer who moved to Vietnam where he fell in love with its culture and people.  He is known for capturing the beautiful smiles of Vietnamese and the rich heritage of their country.  As to why he became a photographer, he says, “All is about catching emotions. This is why I chose to be a photographer!”

He became popular when he published his book titled “Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts”, which features his best images of eight years in his new homeland.

Rehahn has been ranked as the fourth best portrait photographer in the world by Boredpanda.  He has released one book, four photo books and a calendar. He is working on three projects namely, “Precious Heritage”, “Vietnam from the Sky” and “Hidden Smile in Vietnam”.

Visit his website, www.rehahnphotographer.com, Facebook page Rehahn Photography and Instagram account @rehahn_photography for more of his beautiful images.

You can also buy his lovely prints at www.rehahnphotographer.com.

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

How you got started in photography?

Rehahn C : I started to travel in 2006 and wanted to capture images for the memory.  It was my first motivation.  Slowly it became a passion and a job after having published my first book, Vietnam, Mosaic of Contrasts.

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

What do you like most about portraiture and landscape photography?

Rehahn C: So far I’m a portrait photographer.  A landscape depends on the time you go to shoot and the weather.  But a portrait depends on the personality of the photographer.  If you are a people person, you will naturally spend more time with your subject and connect with him.  Then the photo will be much more meaningful.

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Do you have interest in other styles of photography?

Rehahn C: I like all kinds of photography but I shoot mostly portrait and documentary.

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

You have captured thousands of images of people, events and sceneries, what is your own favorite piece to date, and why?

Rehahn C: The cover of my first photo book.  This old lady is 78 years old and still works on her boat in Hoi An.   We became very good friends and I didn’t imagine that this photo would change my life. 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

What’s the best part of being a photographer?

Rehahn C: The freedom.  I mean, in my case! I’m free and don’t have any obligation. I do only travel photography. 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography 

What is your dream project?

Rehahn C: An international exhibition with costumes of Vietnamese ethnic people and photos together.  It will become true in Sep 2016 with the first exhibition where 20 costumes and 40 photos will be showed to the public.


Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography

Share with us your proudest moment in your career so far?

Rehahn C: To have paid the new boat for the lady of my book's cover.

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography

Photo by: Rehahn C | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography

Is there a place you’ve visited that you would like to go back and shoot again? Why?

Rehahn C: Peru and Bolivia.  Cause I was not a photographer at this time.  I would do much better now.

All images courtesy of Rehan C.
Website: Rehahn Photography | Facebook: Rehahn Photography | Instagram: @rehahn_photography | Google+: Rehahn C |  YouTube: Rehahn C