Danny Bach: Kinh Wave – The Introduction

Danny Bach: Kinh Wave – The Introduction
International Photography Grant 2019

Sa Pa town (Lao Cai province) is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations. Its majority inhabitants are from ethnic groups such as Hmong, Red Yao, Tay, Giay, Xa Pho and the Kinh. In 2014, Hanoi to Lao Cai highway opened; Sa Pa tourism and economy have been developing dramatically since then. According to 2015 statistic, the number of tourists in the first quarter rose to 144.3% compared to the same period of 2014. Furthermore, Sa Pa development plan aims to attract more than five millions visitors in year 2030. Consequently, billions of dollars are being invested in Sa Pa real estate and tourism. Turning mountains into amusement parks, cable car system, villas and shop-houses.

Kinh Wave – The Introduction is the first part of a long-term photographic project by Danny Bach. Kinh Wave is a combination of documentary portrait series, landscape images and audios. In order to record the life of minority ethnic people in Sa Pa, as well as the town transformation, under the influence of the new government development plan. Moreover, it will explore how is the “wave” affecting, in term of economy, landscape, lifestyle and culture to other places rather than Sa Pa. Above of all, project Kinh Wave hopes to raise more concerns about corporate social responsibility during such a great development era, an extremely busy period of time in Sa Pa history.

Danny Bach – documentary photographer, born and raised in Vietnam.

Website: dannybach.com

Group of Hmong street vendors take a break during lunch time. If they do not work on their farms, they go to Sa Pa town to sell souvenirs to tourists. © Danny Bach

Portrait of two baby Hmong. One of them carries her laundry on her back. © Danny Bach

In the village of Sin Chai (About 5kms away from Sa Pa), where the Black Hmong residents, stock animals often runs loose on the road, they eat only grass. © Danny Bach

© Danny Bach

Dusktime in Sa Pa square. Night market is opened from 7pm. © Danny Bach

Portrait of a young Hmong boy buffalo. © Danny Bach

© Danny Bach

A Hmong grandfather carries his two grandchildren home from shopping. © Danny Bach

Just outside of Sa Pa town, a pair of excavators make an area of forest-land ready for a construction. © Danny Bach

After school, the children take care of smaller childer white the adults are working on the farm. © Danny Bach

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International Photography Grant 2019