Les Bahnars, ce peuple oublié du Viêt Nam
A passion, a camera to trigger your generosity, a book to emerge this people from the dark. Please help me to finalize my project !!
Les Bahnars, ce peuple oublié du Viêt Nam
Attracted by the age of 20 years by the world of photography, legacy of my father himself passionate, my engineering background CNAM yet leads me to perform a job far away from my passion. Manager of industrial companies for more than thirty years, including four years in Nigeria, it was not until 60 years, free of these constraints becoming too distant from the values that I carry, I decided to live my passion ... . Becoming a professional photographer
Self-taught, I followed all these years various courses with varying degrees of success regarding these choices.
My passion: the scenes of life, people, especially in Asia.
During my travels, I build myself a photographic universe of encounters and sharing where I finally can express my feelings.
Regarding Vietnam, accompanied by my father-in-law of Vietnamese origin, I made, in recent years, several trips in this country, the last in 2015.
My aim : to get off the beaten track and discover something else than "Halong Bay” and other touristic places
Concerning my project itself.
It all started running in 2015, when a friend of mine asked me to host a week-long Vietnamese sister who accompanied a group of children from an orphans in Kontum. These days, spent with the sister and the children, have strongly touched me about the life of this people I did not know and that is totally absent from all tourist and other works.
The Bahnars are one of Vietnam's population living mainly in the central highlands, pretty little tourist area of the Tay Nguyen region, ie the central provinces Gia Lai and Kontum. They come from the “Montagnard” people and now number about 150,000.
They are simple people, who live in a poverty that is not suspected in Vietnam, but which does not encroach on their dignity and their pride of being mountain people. They are rich in traditions, the forest is their environment. I hope that this people will pass through time without losing its customs and traditions ...
I want to go to meet them in order to create a book about their lives, their difficulties and injustices they suffer daily (80% and 20% Pictures Text in French, Vietnamese, and English Bahnar) I think that this could be useful in recognition of this forgotten ethnic group.
For sure, it is understood that this book would be done for humanitarian purposes and that I expect, for my part, no financial return.
Other Vietnamese ethnic groups are also suffering but they have a tourist recognition which, I think, tends to protect them.
Allocation of funds
What will I do with the collection?
In order to realize this project I need to get a contribution of € 5,000 which is about one third of the total cost. The preparation of the book and its printing and distribution account for over 65% of the budget. The rest will be self-funded and I hope to recover a part of it through the sale of the books. As mentioned in the presentation of the project, I'm not trying to make any financial profit on this project. All profits that could be made will be used to organize exhibitions, conferences in several cities in France and also in foreign countries. The balance of the sale of the 1000 books will be given to the Banhar community
A blog will also be open in order to inform all the kisskiss bankers about the progress of the photo report.
The budget for the operation
Travel and subsistence expenses:
Visa fees locally € 50.00
Roanne Train Paris roundtrip € 150.00
Flight return flight Paris Saigon Paris € 850.00
Saigon Kontum Saigon flying aircraft € 100.00
Hotel 1 month Kontum € 450.00
Meals € 5 per day € 150.00
Bike rental € 150.00
Various € 200.00
in total € 2100.00
Post production pictures
Printing translation texts
book 1000 copies € 10000.00
Prints for exposure € 1500,00
Prints for contributors € 1,000.00
Postcards draw € 200.00
Various book distribution costs € 500.00
in total € 13200.00
kiss kiss bank 8% contribution € 400.00
TOTAL € 15 700.00
Sale of 800 books (200 will be reserved for contributors) 25 € TTC should lead € 20,000 of income is 18 957 HT with 5.5% VAT
Book Features: Paperback with flaps, color Approximately 150 photographs 200 pages Landscape format (28 × 28 cm)