Tewfic El-Sawy

The Indigo People

North-West Vietnam

The Flower H'mong and the Black H'mong are the ethnic minorities most prevalent in Bac Ha weekly market in the north west region of Vietnam.

The photographs appearing here were made during my Vietnam photo expedition in 2012 which included Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay and naturally Sapa and Bac Ha.

The intent of the expedition was for the group members to emulate real-life photo assignments, and produce multimedia bodies of work ready for publishing, creating visual projects from their inventory of photographs, and learn how to control story length, intent, pace, use of music and ambient sound, narration, field recordings and interviews.

Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with 54 distinct groups; the largest group is the Kinh (or Viet), which accounts for around 86% of the population, with the other 53 groups referred to as the minority groups. Lao Cai province counts more than 20 minorities, with the largest being Hmong, followed by Tay and Dao. In Sapa, one comes across mostly Black Hmong (the Indigo People) and Red Dao, while Bac Ha is in the heart of Flower Hmong district.

Tewfic El-Sawy
The Travel Photographer