About me

History

Maika Elan (aka Nguyen Thanh Hai) is a freelance photographer based in Hanoi.

After study sociology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Maika started to use the camera, and then Lomo’s family cameras, to take pictures of her daily and private life since 2008. She turned to professional photography soon starting collaborations for editorial clients and fashion firms in Vietnam. In 2010 Maika moved to documentary photography and her first project called The Pink Choice, focused on personal life of gay couples in Vietnam, has been published in many magazines on print and online such as in USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, China, India and Brazil. Maika Elan was double-awarded for the “best photo essay” and the “best single photo” in 2010 at Indochina Media Memorial Foundation and in 2012 The Pink Choice was finalist at Asian Women Photographers.

Her first solo exhibition has been hosted at Goethe Institut in Hanoi in 2012.

The Pink Choice won 1st prize stories, Contemporary Issues, at World Press Photo 2013 and 1st prize documentary story at Pride Photo Award 2013.

Maika also participant in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, Holand and sellected for the VII Mentor program from 2014-2016.

 

Exhibitions

2015

GUATE PHOTO, Guatemala, Central America.

DISLOCATION/NEGOTIATING IDENTITY, Massachusetts, United States.

JAKATAR BIENNALE 2015, Indonesia.

PHOTOQUAI - musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.

THE PINK CHOICE, Copenhagen, Denmark.

LIKE MY FATHER, Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

2014
FAMILY SNAP, Chiang Mai, Thailand

DOCfield, Barcelona, Spain

PRAGUE PRIDE, Czech Republic

GETXOPHOTO, Bilbao, Spain

CAN YOU SEE ME?, Singapore

MADE IN ASIA, Toulouse, France

2013
QUEER FESTIVAL, Florencia, Italy

CHOBI MELA, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2012
THE PINK CHOICE, Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam.

WORLD EVENT YOUNG ARTISTS, Nottingham, UK.

2009
EMERGENCY ROOM, Hanoi, Vietnam.

CREATIVE ECONOMIES, Kulalumpur, Malaysia.

Experiences and Award:

2013
Participant in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass. The Pink Choice won 1st prize stories, Contemporary Issues, at World Press Photo 2013. Chobi Mela Festival in Darka, Bangladesh

2012
World Events Young Artist Festival in Nottingham, UK Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2010
Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia Indochina Media Memorial Foundation (IMMF) workshop in Hanoi,Vietnam

2009
Emergency Room exhibition format in Hanoi, Vietnam Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival Creative Economies workshop at the Asia-Europe Forum for Young Photographers in Kular Lumpur, Malaysia