To Top

Meet Los Angeles Photographer: Minh Bui

Today we’d like to introduce you to Minh Bui.

Minh, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I went to college to be a lawyer. Clearly, that didn’t happen. As a teenager I loved a man I shouldn’t have and decided the best distraction for a broken heart was a shiny new camera. Then I fell in love again, with photography. The rest was history.

Has it been a smooth road?
When I decided I was going to be an artist and not a lawyer, there were a lot of skeptics. In Asian cultures, it’s commonly encouraged if not demanded that you should pursue a career that will guarantee you financial stability. You should be a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer — nowhere on that list was an artist. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to have very supportive parents. Nonetheless, it was a difficult road and one few Asian-Americans have traveled. The thing about being a photographer is, there’s no clear-cut path. No one to tell you that you should have majored in this, take that program, intern, here, and so on and so forth. You have the freedom to blaze your own trail, but that’s also as incredibly frightening as it is exhilarating.

Tell us about your childhood, what were you like growing up?
I grew up an only child and oftentimes people ask me if I ever felt lonely and the answer is no. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and that was more than enough to compensate for the lack of a live-in playmate. I had a variety of interests as a child — ballet, painting, horseback riding; none of it really took. I always felt like something was missing, something I hadn’t quite encountered yet. A part of me knew I was creative–like doing creative things; it just became a matter of what.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My mother worked a lot when I was young. Most of my actual time was spent with my father. But I do recall one day she took off to spend with me. She let me eat my favorite things, we played board games, and we went shopping together. I remember thinking it was really nice and I was really happy.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I love traveling and I love photography. Right now one is for leisure and one is for work. I’ve started merging the two worlds. Some more opportunities for that is on the horizon, but I don’t want to disclose anything just yet!

Contact Info:

0-shadow 1-rose 2-ipromise 3-moon 4-room2 5-_MG_6648 6-stars_blue


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • Fun Things to do in LA

    The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in LA over the next few weeks. Check them out below...

    VoyageLA StaffJanuary 16, 2018
  • LA’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in LA has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    VoyageLA StaffJanuary 16, 2018

    The incredible folks at Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) have put together an incredible exhibition on Dia De Los Muertos. ...

    VoyageLA StaffOctober 16, 2017
  • Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

    This month the Hammer Museum is presenting an incredibly important exhibition called Radical Women.  It will highlight the art and artistic...

    VoyageLA StaffOctober 4, 2017
  • OC’s Hottest New Spots

    Orange County’s has a great couple of months on the food and drink front.  From Cha Cha’s opening up in Irvine...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 25, 2017
  • The Jig + Saw Story

    We worked with the folks at Squarespace to find the most exciting and innovative local entrepreneurs in the LA area and...

    VoyageLA StaffAugust 14, 2017
  • The Future of Food

    We worked with the folks at Squarespace to find the most exciting and innovative local entrepreneurs in the LA area and...

    VoyageLA StaffJune 29, 2017
  • The True Renegades

    Cindy Whitehead is a 70’s pro skateboarder who was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame in 2016, she is the...

    Cindy WhiteheadMay 11, 2017
  • LA Art’s Inconvenient Truth

    Xandra Myers, Founder & CEO of i3 Arts Fest, opened our eyes the potential public art installations hold for the city...

    Xandra MeyersMay 3, 2017