In 2008, Justin Mott split his time between shooting a personal project about Agent Orange victims in Ho Chi Minh City and studying at San Francisco State University. Then a travel assignment for the French magazine L’Express sent him back to Vietnam to explore the emerging middle class. Eventually, he settled in Hanoi permanently and has been photographing people from Southeast Asia ever since.
Mott’s years living and working in the region gives him rare insight into the lives and cultures of the people around him. His images are both illuminating for the viewer and reverent for the subject.
Regarding the most important aspect of his work, Mott says, “I love telling stories. No matter if it’s a commercial shoot or an editorial shoot, every image should tell a story. [h/t m-u-s-e-u-m.org]