Ngoc Minh Ngo
Ngoc Minh Ngo is a self-taught photographer whose work explores the intrinsic beauty of plants and nature. Growing up in a small seaside town in Vietnam, Ngoc's sense of aesthetic is informed by the landscape – the changing moods of the ocean, the vast open sky, and the many shades of green of the trees. Years later, while working on a black and white feature film in New York City, she discovered the photography of such masters as André Kertész, Jacques Henri Lartigue, and especially Robert Frank, whose images have a potency that seems to come directly from his heart. They taught her the same thing that she had learned from reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux, on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur."
Ngoc's images have been published in such publications as T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Cabana, and House & Garden UK. She is the author of two books, Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature, and In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers, both published by Rizzoli.
"In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers (Rizzoli) is the second book by Ngoc Minh Ngo on the topic of how aesthetically minded flower-loving individuals coexist with flora in their homes...With her resolutely nonliteral approach, Ngo takes her subject well beyond mere beauty and into the sublime." Ted Loos
Bringing Nature Home "is a sonnet to the seasons. It rejoices in the beauties particular to each, and to the immense joy to be had from paying witness to those changes, and of bringing its fruits into the home. That is the message of this book, made abundantly clear through Ngoc's text and the effect of her poetic photographs. But underlying that, her pictures also reveal her expansive appreciation for the variety of ways flowers have been used in different cultures and times in history." Deborah Needleman