Andy Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in San Jose. Nguyen has received his BFA in Art (Photography) from San Jose State University in 2019. Nguyen has spent time exploring areas within and around the Bay Area for his photography; creating pictures which reflect and communicate the process in landscapes, nature and lifestyles of the people of various ethnicities in America and around the world. He has been communicating and socializing with people from many communities around the Bay Area.

Photography is his passion, which he has been doing for more than 15 years. Nguyen was a highly organized event and performed the activities with his own brand of contagious enthusiasm and optimism. Nguyen made numerous contributions to the various culture and received a number of awards for his involvement in Santa Clara County. His contribution to Santa Clara County revolves around his pursuing opportunities to document numerous ethnic and civic events of groups that are underrepresented in the mainstream society.

Nguyen demonstrated determination to overcome adversity by engagement and civic activities for the children with disabilities in Vietnam and Kenya through his photography work. Nguyen’s goal is to continue to make a difference by connecting with people in the community in various venues such as community festivals and celebrations, school events, political events and assorted community services projects. By telling a story through his photography, his goal is to help generate resources to continue to assist vulnerable children, with special needs, locally as well as internationally.

Artist’s Statement

Crossing Oceans

My project is a documentary portrait series of Vietnamese immigrant families living in Silicon Valley. It is a collective story of their youth when they were in Vietnam. My aim was to create images which reflect and communicate their humanity.

One of the first challenges immigrants from Vietnam face in the US is learning English and adapting to a new lifestyle. I was born in Vietnam and came to the US at an early age. I suffered culture shock coming from a war-torn country where poverty and strife were everywhere. But the experience taught me to be a survivor, to learn how to make friends. I was raised by a single mother, who came to San Jose with no means of support. My mother bravely struggled to make a better life for my sister and me. She is an extremely courageous person.

For this project, I used cyanotype, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. The cyanotype process was one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work. I hope you all enjoy it.
-Andy Nguyen