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.
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.
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
QUEER FESTIVAL, Florencia, Italy
CHOBI MELA, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
THE PINK CHOICE, Goethe Institut, Hanoi, Vietnam.
WORLD EVENT YOUNG ARTISTS, Nottingham, UK.
EMERGENCY ROOM, Hanoi, Vietnam.
CREATIVE ECONOMIES, Kulalumpur, Malaysia.
Experiences and Award:
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
World Events Young Artist Festival in Nottingham, UK Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia Indochina Media Memorial Foundation (IMMF) workshop in Hanoi,Vietnam
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