French photographer, Réhahn, Opens the Precious Heritage Museum in Hoi An
On the 1st of January 2017, Réhahn, opened The Precious Heritage Museum in the ancient quarter of Hoi An. The museum is located in an old French colonial house in the UNESCO part of Hoi An, in Central Vietnam and is home to his collection The Precious Heritage, which is his current and most challenging project yet. The project aims to capture images of all fifty-four documented ethnic minorities in Vietnam. The museum also holds more than thirty authentic costumes from the minority groups he has met and photographed, precious artifacts and stories about the photographer’s five-year exploration of Vietnam. The building itself is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the ancient quarters main streets and is free. Réhahn has witnessed first-hand the reality of modernization for many of these ethnic groups; many of them no longer wear their traditional dress and much of their cultural heritage is being lost. He hopes that this museum will help to preserve and share a small part of this culture, before it is lost forever.