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Santa Ana College Presents Photography Exhibition, “Visual Integration: Interpreting the Cultural and Visual Landscape”

Works by Huynh Pham, Van Huynh, Nick Ut, Thai Dac Nha, Tri Tran, Luu Thanh Vuong Featured

(Santa Ana)—The Santa Ana College Main Art Gallery announces  a special photography exhibit, “Visual Integration: Interpreting the Cultural and Visual Landscape,” featuring the works of six accomplished Vietnamese photographers. The work ranges from intimate portraits of locals to remarkable large-scale panoramic photographs of the American landscape.  The photographic artists, who all reside in Southern California, include Huynh Pham, Van Huynh, Nick Ut, Thai Dac Nha, Tri Tran, and Luu Thanh Vuong. The exhibit, which is free to the public, officially opens on February 23 and runs through Thursday, April 4.

Huynh Pham and Van Huynh, a husband and wife team based in Fountain Valley, have crisscrossed the United States for three decades frequently hiking to the most remote sites, for the sole purpose of capturing on film the emotive power of the American natural landscape. As immigrants, they have been taken by the diversity and natural beauty of the varied landscapes that they capture. Pham provides the technical dexterity, while Huynh, his wife, offers perceptive sensitivity. Their photographs reveal a balance of technical competence and artistic understanding.

With permission from the Associated Press, Santa Ana College is privileged to present several exceptionally iconic images from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Nick Ut.  Ut gained international recognition with his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Kim Phuc Pham Thi, the naked nine-year-old girl running away from a bombing attack in the picture entitled, “Fleeing Napalm Bomb Attack” taken in 1972.

Laguna Hills-based photographer Tri Tran focuses on capturing natural beauty at various locations worldwide. Tran’s passion is in the large format white and black images that are 100 percent hand crafted using platinum/palladium metal processing and monochrome pigments /gelatin carbon transfer. Garden Grove-based Thai Dac Nha is known for capturing images of local life, beauty, and fashion. Santa Ana-based Luu Thanh Vuong has also been inspired by the beauty of nature and had photographed many national parks and deserted lands in California, Washington, Arizona, Utah, among other states. Vuong’s images also feature those of his Mother Land, Vietnam and reflecting the day-to-day lives of the people of his homeland.

The exhibit will continue in the college’s Main Art Gallery through April 4, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am. To 2:00 p.m. and Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact (714) 564-5615.

About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is to respond to the educational needs of an ever-changing community and to provide programs and services that reflect academic excellence. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of RSCCD, which serve the residents of Anaheim Hills, East Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, customized training for business and industry, and programs to train nurses, firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503