Color photo by Maika Elan, woman watching television, from Inside Hanoi

Inside Hanoi A photography project by Maika Elan

Inside Hanoi by Maika Elan, is a thoroughly compelling and deeply affectionate portrait of quotidian life in the Vietnamese capital.

Hanoi is the city where I was born and raised. Every day during my years in Hanoi, I would come across thousands of small alleys where the everyday life of the people there would impact me. In the old quarter of Hanoi, people would eat and sleep in the alley, whispers, laughter, and smells all permeated the narrow streets. My photos try to describe the people, the living space, the joy and sadness at the end of the alley in the heart of Hanoi.

Maika Elan is a Vietnamese documentary and street photographer whose compelling, color-rich images impart the nuances of life in her homeland.

Monthly Photo Contest

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2022 Visual Storytelling AWARD Deadline: 31 January 2022

The art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities with at its heart, the will to tell a story.

From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling: this month we are seeking visual artists aiming to captivate; unique voices willing to share their stories with conviction and awareness.⁠

Portrait, street, documentary, landscape: All approaches are valid. Enter now and show us YOUR stories!


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