The first photo museum in Southeast Asia will soon open in Hanoi, the Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism announced in the capital on November 8.
Accordingly, the construction of the national museum has just been completed with the help of the Wallonie-Bruxelles delegation and the Charleroi Photo Museum in Belgium.
The museum will open in early 2012.
It is located within the eight-story building of the National Artistic Photo Exhibition and Archive Center, which covers an area of 1,200 square meters in Trung Hoa, Cau Giay District, 10 kilometers away from downtown.
The site is used as a national photography archiving center, as well as to organize photography events and photography classes.
In the future, with the museum, the building will serve as a photo bank, archiving and displaying rare, precious, historical photos.
According to Pascale Delcomminette, head of the Wallonie-Bruxelles delegation, it is necessary to collect and promote photos as image heritage to local students because it is an effective tool in education.
In addition, the museum should serve as a cultural center for local and international artists and photographers for career exchanges, she said.