The Magners International Comedy Festival

The Beautiful People

If you’re looking for elegance and grace in the female form, the work of Morgan Ommer will start you off on the right road


Although Morgan Ommer refers jokingly to himself as a “halfling” (through being Vietnamese on his mother’s side), his photography shows a single-minded dedication to the world of fashion and the beautiful people who inhabit it.


The list of titles he has worked for over an 18-year career tells its own high-society tale — Tatler, Elle, Vogue. And the names of the models who regularly pose for him reads like a Who’s Who of Vietnamese fashion and film — Kathy Uyen, Ha Anh Vu, Do Thi Hai Yen and more.


The beauty of the Vietnamese models is complemented by being outfitted by Vietnamese designers or Vietnam-based designers such as Chula. One of his subjects, Trang Khieu, has her own fashion line in Vietnam.




“I’ve always been interested in fashion, and shot a lot of fashion when I first moved to Vietnam in 2010,” he says.


It’s not hard to see why models and magazines seek out his talents, about which he remains modest: “I selected these pictures because they are of famous Vietnamese models and actresses, plus I got lucky, and the pictures turned out okay.”


Whether in a five-star hotel or at a hu tieu stall, the pictures amply bring out the elegance and beauty of his subjects, though he prefers to attribute the quality of the images to the models themselves.


“Trang Pham is a good friend of mine,” he says. “She is an amazing model, and I photographed her for one of the covers of Travel + Leisure at the reception desk of the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi. Trang Khieu won the first season of Vietnam’s Next Top Model. She is currently working in Milan. She also has her own fashion line in Vietnam.”


Another of his subjects, Do Thi Hai Yen, is Vietnam’s most internationally recognised actress. She starred in Phillip Noyce’s 2002 film The Quiet American with Brendan Fraser and Michael Caine.


Morgan’s portfolio extends a long way beyond the world of fashion, with his images appearing in international publications like Time, Monocle, and Travel + Leisure. But it’s still the fashion angle that attracts him.


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