Photographs of Nguyen Thi Ly

By Catherine Karnow

These photographs are of the family of Nguyen Thi Ly. Ed Kashi and I traveled to Vietnam as Vietnam Reporting Project fellows in July, 2010, to shoot photographs and video two families in Danang, Vietnam, struggling with the affects of Agent Orange.


Nguyen Thi Ly

Looking in the mirror, it is unclear how Ly regards herself. Nevertheless, she takes great care with her appearance, wearing the same pretty (faux) pearl bracelet and necklace each day. Danang, Vietnam. Photo by Catherine Karnow

Catherine Karnow placed second in the Features category of the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world.

Catherine won for a photograph of Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, looking in the mirror. Ly is affected by Agent Orange.

Each year POYi honors the best documentary photography and photojournalism, setting the gold standard for excellence. The POYi exhibition, on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. from April to October 2011, will showcase a selection of the 240 winners from the most recent judging in February. Catherine’s image will also be shown at the Annenberg Museum of Photography in Los Angeles.

About Catherine Karnow

Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based photographer Catherine Karnow’s work appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French & German GEO and other international publications. She has also participated in several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and Women in the Material World. In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photojournalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She has photographed extensively in Vietnam since 1990.

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