The Town • Stefan Canham
Hardcover, 80 pgs, color, 19 x 9.5 in, German/English, Stefan Canham.
Photographer Stefan Canham has visited the provincial town of Sapa in northern Vietnam repeatedly since 2011. Speaking with women from the surrounding mountain villages, he became obsessed with the small rectangular patches of cloth they were selling. Cut from traditional jackets and embroidered in abstract geometric patterns indicating the wearer’s village, the patches have become objects in transition between rural customs and international tourism. The town itself is also in transition: scores of slender new houses with eclectic facades are being erected, catering to the influx of tourists. Canham explores these two significant facets of material culture in a carefully thought out artist’s book.