Born 1960 in Saigon, Vietnam
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


1993 MFA Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1985 MS Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1981 BAS Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1998-present Professor of Photography, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2017 An-My Lê, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
29 Palms, Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska
2015 Charles Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art +Design, Vancouver, Canada
2014 MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (curated by Kate Bush), traveling to Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium
2013 Baltimore Museum of Art
2010 Murray Guy, New York, NY
2008 Events Ashore, Murray Guy, New York, NY
The Photographs of An-My Lê, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY
2006 Trap Rock, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY
Small Wars: Photographs by An-My Lê, Marion Center, Santa Fe, NM; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, traveling to National Media Museum, Bradford, UK; Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (2007); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (2008)
2004 29 Palms, Murray Guy, New York
2002 Small Wars, PS1/MOMA Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

Group Exhibitions

2017 Before the Event/After the Fact:Contemporary Perspectives on War, curated by Judy Ditner, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Re:Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
Something Fierce, curated by Christie Davis, The Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexic
Whitney Biennial, curated by Chris Lew and Mia Locks, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2016 Poetics of Place, curated by Doug Eklund, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel, the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Security Theater, Karl Burke, Harun Farocki, An-My Lê and the Bureau of Inverse Technology (curated by Justin Barski), Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
The Ocean After Nature (curated by Alaina Claire Feldman), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Unsuspending Disbelief, Logan Center, University of Chicago, IL
New Genealogies, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
MoCP at 40, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2015 Staging Disorder, University of the Arts, London
Time of Others, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2014 Taipei Biennial: The Great Acceleration (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London; traveling to Museum Fokwang, Essen; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2015)
La guerra che verrà non è la prima (The war which is coming is not the first one), MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto Trento, Italy
Ri-Conoscere Michelangelo: la scultura del Buonarroti nella fotografia e nella pittura dall’ottocento a oggi, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Florence
Footnotes, CSS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2013 An Eye for an Eye, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY
Contemporary Vietnamerican Art, Maier Museum at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
2012 War / Photography: Photographs of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; travelling to The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Poetic Politic, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Prix Pictet, Saatchi Gallery, London; traveling to Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary (2013); Instanbul Museum of Modern Art, Instanbul; Dublin Gallery of Photography, Dublin; Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut; Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (2014)
Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Mechelen, Belgium
Provisional Aesthetic, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN; travelling to Site Sante Fe, Sante Fe, NM
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Prospect 2 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
After the Gold Rush, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Photography After Color : Roger Ballen, An-My Lê, Matthew Pillsbury, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Philadelphia
Role Models - Role Playing, Museum der moderne, Salzburg, Austria
New Topography of War, Le Bal, Paris, France
2010 The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography,
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance,
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
In the Vernacular,
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2009 America, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Images Recalled - Bilder auf Aufruf:, 3. Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Vague Terrain: Analogues of Place in Contemporary Photography, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Lives of the Hudson, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
2008 Soft Manipulation, or Who is Afraid of the New Now?, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Stiftelson 3,14, Bergen, Norway
Zones of Conflict, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
On the Subject of War, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
The Printed Picture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Greenroom, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Portraits: Of People and Places, Gallery of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
That was then and this is now, PS1 Contemporary Arts, Center, Long Island City, NY
Lugares comprometidos. topografia y actualidad/compromised places.topography and actuality, PhotoEspana, Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain
Asi se escribe la historia/This is how history is written, Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas,and Me, curated by Jeremy Deller, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Intimacies of Distant War, Dorsky Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
2007 transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, ARKO Art Center, Seoul, South Korea, traveling to: University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, Irvine CA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2008) To the Point: A New Reality: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, cat.
2006 Witness to War: Revisiting Vietnam in Contemporary Art, San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam, Kennesaw State University Art Galleries, Kennesaw, GA; traveling to: Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; 2008: Depree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, MI; Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY; Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; 2009 Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Dirty Yoga: 2006 Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York NY
Hereford Photography Festival, Courtyard Gallery and left Bank Gallery, Hereford, UK
New Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Image War: Contesting Images of Political Conflict, CUNY Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY
Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, CT
2005 The Pentagruel Syndrome, T1 Torinotriennale Tremusei, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
The Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice, curated by Kathy Goncharov, The Nasher Museum at Duke University, Durham, NC
Stages of Memory: The War in Vietnam, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. IL
Set Up: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Art of Aggression, curated by Robert Hobbs and Jean Crutchfield, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; The Moore Space, Miami, FL
2004 The Freedom Salon, Deitch Projects, New York
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, NY, traveling to Seattle Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art
2002 Fiona Banner, An-My Lê, Ann Lislegaard, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Road Trip, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Gravity Over Time, Milleventi gallery, Milan, Italy
2001 Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2000 Documents, Perceptions, and Perspectives, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Reconsidering Vietnam, St Lawrence University, Brush Gallery, Canton
1999 Things They Carry, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX
1998 Re-imagining Vietnam, Fotofest, Houston, TX
1997 Selections from the Permanent Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
New Photography 13, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Picturing Communities, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
1996 New Histories, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA Spot Gallery, New York, NY
1994-96 Picturing Asia America: Communities, Culture, Difference, Houston Center for Photography;
traveled to Hunt Gallery of Webster University, St. Louis, MO and Silver Eye Center for
Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 Building, Dwelling, Thinking, Lowinski Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Contemporary American Photography, Canton Cultural Center, China

Awards, Grants

2012 John D. and Catherina T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
2010 Tiffany Comfort Foundation
2007 National Science Foundation, Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Award
2004 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship
1997 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship
1996 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in photography
1995 CameraWorks Inc. fellowship
1993 Blair Dickinson Memorial Award, Yale University School of Art

Public Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
CCS Hessel Museum or Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Dallas Museum of Art
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Palm Springs Art Museum
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
The RISD Museum, Providence
Sackler Gallery (the Smithsonian), Washington D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
St. Louis Art Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Books and Monographs

2014 Events Ashore. New York: Aperture, 2014. Essay by Geoff Dyer.
2005 Small Wars. New York: Aperture, 2005. Essay by Richard B. Woodward. Interview by Hilton Als.

Selected Bibliography

2016 Elizabeth Lane, South Pole, Nature and Culture, Reaktion Books, 2016, pp.164-5
Viet Thanh Nguyên, Nothing Ever Dies, Harvard University Press, 2016, pp.
2015 Christoph, Sara. “In Conversation, An-My Lê,” The Brooklyn Rail, February 2015
2014 California Dreamin’: Thirty Years of Collecting. Palm Springs: Palm Springs Art Museum, 2014, p.30
Fussell, Genevieve. “An-My Lê’s “Events Ashore.” The New Yorker, 23 October 2014 Friedewald, Boris. “An-My Lê.” In Women Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman. Munich: Prestel, 2014, pp. 126-129
Holland, Claire. “An-My Lê.” Photomonitor. November 2014.
Jobey, Liz. “Sea Power.” Financial Times Weekend Magazine, 4 October, 2014.
Lê, An-My. “Small Wars (rescue) (1999-2002).” Blindspot, no. 47, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (2014), pl. 45
Ri-Conoscere Michelangelo: la scultura del Buonarroti nella fotografia e nella pittura dall’ottocento a oggi. Florence: Gunti Editore and Firenze Musei, 2014, pp. 276-77, 324, 339
2013 “500 Words.” Artforum, 11 October 2013
Altman Anna, “Behind the Scenes: Point and Shoot”, The New Yorker, September 23, 2013, p.48
Lê, An-My, “Events Ashore,” Aperture, 209, Winter 2013, pp.80-87
2010 Sholis, Brian, “An-My Lê - Murray Guy”, Artforum, December 2010
Schulz, Charles, “An-My Lê”, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2010
Meyers, William, “Capturing Three Worlds Apart: An-My Lê”, The Wall Street Journal, October 9-
10, 2010
Walleston, Aimee, “Battles for War Photography: An-My Lê”, Art in America online
2009 Respini, Eva, Into the Sunset, Photography’s Image of the American West, The Museum of Modern
Art, New York, p.20, p.79
Cotton, Charlotte, “:Chapter 8 Physical and Material”, The Photograph as Contemporary Art,
Thames & Hudson, pp.231-232
Amado, Miguel, “Zones of Conflict - Pratt Manhattan Gallery”,, January 2009
Decter, Joshua, “Zones of Conflict,” Artforum, April 2009, p. 187-188.
2008 Campany, David, Photography and Cinema, Reaktion Books, p.46.
Masters, HG, “Theater of Observation”, Asia Art Pacific, no.60, Sept/Oct 2008, pp.170-179
Van der Leer, David, “The Art of War”, domus, July 2008
Coggins, David, “An-My Lê - Murray Guy, Modern Painters, July-August 2008, p.79
“An-My Lê”, The New Yorker, June 2, 2008
Bart, Nadine, (ed.) Verschwindende Landschaften, DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, 2008
Gopnik, Blake, “An-My Lê”,, May, 2008
Churner, Rachel, “An-My Lê - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art”, Artforum, April 2008, p.377
Hargreaves, Roger, “Revival,” British Journal of Photography, September 24, 2008, p. 34-37.
Portillo, Monica, “Sobre el tema de la Guerra,” Exit Express, November 2008.
Hargreaves, Roger, “Say it Again Y’all,” Photoworks, Oct-April 2008/2009, p. 74-77.
Russell, Ruby, “We know about war, but we don’t want to see it,” Telegraph Review, October 11,
2008, p. 10-11.
Dyer, Geoff, “I Was There,” The Guardian, October 18, 2008
2007 Irvine, Karen, “An-My Lê”, Photo Art - Fotografie im 21. Jahrhundert, DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne,
2007, pp.246-249
2006 Godfrey, Mark, “An-My Lê”, Vitamin PH - New Perspectives in Photography, Phaidon, London,
2006, pp.154-157
“An-My Lê”, Ecotopia - the 2nd ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP/Steidel, New
York/Gottingen, 2006, pp. 154-159
Gregory, Stamatina, “The Presence of Absence: Art and Media Critique”, Image War: Contesting
Images of Political Conflict, exhibition catalogue, Whitney Museum of American Art Independent
Sudies Program
2005 Heffley, Lynne, “Vietnam, Virginia, California”, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2005
Woodward, Richard B., “Essay”, Small Wars: An-My Lê, pp.108-117, Aperture Foundation, New
Als, Hilton, “Interview”, Small Wars: An-My Lê, pp.108-117, Aperture Foundation, New York
2004 Moylan, Chris. “An-My Lê: 29 Palms”, Art AsiaPacific, No.43, Winter 2005
Vanderbilt, Tom, “An-My Lê, ‘29 Palms’”, Artforum, December 2004, p.170
“Small Wars”, Blind Spot, Issue 28,
Rosenberg, Karen, An-My Lê - Murray Guy”, Artforum, November 2004, p.225-226
Terranova, Charissa, “Manhattanism”, Dallas Observer, October 28, 2004
Kerr, Merrily, “An-My Lê, ‘29 Palms’”, Time Out New York, Issue No. 472, October 14-21, 2004,
Aletti, Vince, “An-My Lê”, The Village Voice, October 6-12, 2004, p.151
The New Yorker, October 4, 2004, p.21
Gopnik, Blake, “For Art Lovers, A Chelsea Morning”, The Washington Post, September 26, 2004
Cotter, Holland, “An-My Lê”, The New York Times, September 24, 2004, p.E33
2002 Aletti, Vince., “Voice Choices-Photo”, The Village Voice, Aug 28-Sep 3, 2002, p.67.
“Art museums & galleries”, San Jose Mercury News, June 16, 2002, p.8E (illus.).
2001 Lê, An-My, “Small Wars”, Cabinet, Spring 2001
“Small Wars”, Trace #1, AIGA Journal , January 2001
2000 “Vietnam”, DoubleTake Magazine Spring 2000
1999 Whiting, Sam, “Datebook: Impressions of Postwar Vietnam-photographs by Vietnamese American
An-My Le”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 1999, p.E1, p.E5.
Daniel, Mike, “Vietnam War revisited”, Dallas Morning News, October 22, 1999
Scott, Whitney, “Must museum”, New York Post, January 10, 1999, p.27 (illus.).
Harper’s, July 1999, p.37 (illus.).
1998 Maning, Dee, “Central’s FAC host to ‘Re-imaging Vietnam’”, The Egalitarian, April 8, 1998, p.13.
“Goings On About Town”, The New Yorker, January 12, 1998, p18 (illus.).
1997 Cotter, Holland, “Art In Review: ‘New Photography 13’”, The New York Times November 7, p.E37.
“Critic’s Picks”, Time Out New York, October 23-30, 1997.
1994 Chadwick, Susan, “Through Asian-American Eyes”, The Houston Post November 4, 1994.
Sorensen, Edith, “Press picks”, Houston Press, November 17-23, 1994, p.20. Aletti, Vince, “Building Dwelling Thinking”, The Village Voice, March 1994.