Tag Archives: magazine

Adam Robert Young's final Oi Cover September 12

One door closes – the end of my time with Oi Vietnam

OK, this is certainly not new news, but news I can’t neglect to share here any longer… I am no longer working as staff photographer for Oi Vietnam. While there are stories floating around that I am returning to Australia very soon, I will not be leaving Vietnam until the end of the year or […]

Multitasker - by Adam Robert Young February 23


When given the task of taking a photo for an article on “a day in the life of a magazine editor”, I immediately visualised something like an Hindu god with many arms doing ten things at once. Coincidentally my magazine’s managing editor Christine was somewhat camera shy, and welcomed the idea of having half of […]

restoration - van khoa dau - Vietnam's ancient script January 21

The restorers – ancient Vietnamese manuscripts behind locked doors

Before the French created the romanized Vietnamese phonetic alphabet, before Chinese influence had Vietnamese elite communicating with variations of Chinese characters, the Vietnamese had their own phonetic writing system. Thousands of years ago, the alphabet called Văn Khoa Đầu – literally “tadpole script” was widespread among educated Vietnamese. Chinese invasion saw an end to the […]

December 16

The ones that didn’t make it (December 2013, Part 2)

Part 1 here In November, disaster struck on one of my shoots – an embarrassing mistake that led to some drastic cosmetic surgery and that will haunt me for some time to come. But first, the background… The cover story for the December issue was about unique boutiques in Saigon. The total of fifteen boutique […]

Green Youth Collective, Vietnam December 07

The ones that didn’t make it (December 2013, part 1)

One of the more difficult things for photographers whose images are published in magazines and papers can be seeing their preferred shots miss out, replaced instead by photos we saw as the “plan B” shot. There’s a number of reasons for this – from different subjective taste of photo editors and creative directors to some […]

December 04

Behind the scenes – Oi Vietnam’s cover shoot

Vietnam is a unique place, and so when it comes to pulling together a cover shoot for one of the most popular English language magazines in Saigon (and I would argue the best quality one), when things go wrong, they’re not likely to be your run-of-the-mill problems. I discovered this in the process of producing […]