Tony LE KIM THUAN was born in August 19th 1945, and immigrated to United States on December 15th 1980. He attainted at School of Electrical Engineering Technologies of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas and minor in physic photography since in 1981.
He moved to Irvine, California in 1985 after finished schooling for his first job as a production management position for a computer manufacturing company. In addition, he owned a sub-contract computer factory DNT Technology Inc., Best Color Studio and Finishing Lab. Furthermore, His partnership has risen with small photographic businesses which gave him the opportunity to meet many devoted amateur and professional photographers.
Nearly over four (4) decades, his passion for photography in fine arts has become his lifelong hobby. Therefore, he had formed a “Group of Amateur Photographers” on August 19th 1985 in Garden Grove, California, United States.
Within the four (4) years period, his artistic work gained respect from several well-known photographers, also obtained photographic distinctions from the world well-known photographic organizations.
His leadership charisma and artistic abilities allowed him to develop friendships and connections with Henry Mass FPSA HonEFIAP, Photographic Society of America; Amanda Navile FRPS, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain; Wellington Lee HonFPSA HonEFIAP HonFRPS, Photographic Society of New York; Sylvia Mass FPSA ESFIAP, Colorama Slides Club of New York; C. Rajagopal HonPSA FPSA HonEFIAP, Asia Continental Representative FIAP; Sylvia and Henry Mass FPSA’s, Photographic Alliance USA Representative FIAP in United States, Dr. Gregory Tansiongkun FPSA EPSA, PSA International Affairs Committee, and Sidney B. Goldstein FPSA, Photographic Society of Long Island New York. Their collaboration assisted him with photographic information from PSA, RPS, PSNY, PSLI, and INDIA in order to combine studied and developed successful photographic organization.
Tony LE KIM THUAN became a member of PSA, RPS, PSNY and FIAP photographic organizations which expand the new horizons of the art of photography in the international photography communities. He invited many well-known photographers to support the “Group of Amateur Photographers” reform structure and change the name to “Image Colleague Society, International - ICS” dated August 19th 1988 to go along with the main stream international photography through several meetings and phones inter-conference held in Brooklyn, New York; Forest Hills, New York; Tustin, California; and Bangalore, India for launching the first Board Directors ICS:
Tony LE KIM THUAN President with honorary patron and subordinate by Wellington Lee, Henry Mass, Sylvia Mass, Dr. Gregory Tansiongkun, C. Rajagopal, Sidney B. Goldstein. The elder Chinese-Vietnamese photographers: Lee Lan Sieu and Vietnamese grand master Phan Van Mui were invited to participate as advisors for Asian-American. ICS registered to become affiliate member of Photographic Society of America, since the date of August 1st 1989.
The Image Colleague Society and Tony LE KIM THUAN received guidance and advisory from Wellington Lee, Photographic Society of New York; Henry Mass, Photographic Alliance USA; and C. Rajagopal, Asia Continental Representative FIAP for express active society purpose which launches its recognition of ICS photographic service and proficiency honors/distinction to international and domestic membership and clubs affiliate. Soon after, Herb Gustafson Hon.PSA FPSA, Dr. Louis F. Romain FPSA, former PSA Vice President and Jan Jansen MFIAP HonEFIAP, former General Secretary FIAP were invited to participate as ICS advisors and judges for ICS international exhibitions. Soon, Tony LE KIM THUAN was nominated and appointed as an overseas honorary life representative of photographic society of New York, pacific vice president of photographic alliance USA and Colorama, New York.
Eight years later Mr. Jacky Martin HonEFIAP FIAP vice president, member of FIAP board of directors representing FIAP visit ICS in Garden Grove, California USA where the first meeting held between FIAP and ICS on August 21st 1998 for FIAP promotion and development the art photography in US. On December 16th 2000, Tony LE KIM THUAN was duly elected and appointed as an official FIAP liaison officer in United States by Mr. Emile Wandersheid HonEFIAP EFIAP, president of Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique.
Currently, the Image Colleague Society have active branches and honorary overseas representatives in Virginia, Oregon, San Jose, New York, New Jersey, Houston, Texas, California of United States, and Malaysia, Kalkota India, Bangalore India, Western India, Eastern India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Romania, Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Cyprus, Singapore, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, etc.
FMPA USPA ICS History Remarkable 2001
For Better Understanding Remarkable 2002
History Of The First ICS International Subordinate - Advisory Council
TONY LE KIM THUAN
ICS international operation committee is hereby granted bio-photography of
Tony Le Kim Thuan, is a prolific figure in the American photographic art circle
worthy as named “North Star”
GENERAL SERVICE ACTIVITY
Photographic Society of America
Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique
Summary: Program speaker pictorial photography, regional, and international exchanged print, digital exhibition writer, teach photography, workshop, and field trip, judge regional and international salons in domestic and overseas, author of the new method online circuit exhibition, also the ICS cross-culture photography education project; photography adviser, organized club branches at domestic and overseas operation by ICS international committee under his supervision.
Nature of Patron Service Performed: Photo club/organizer, general adviser/chairman, founding the united states photographic alliance, federation multicultural photographic art, image colleague society, international, etc, photo courses from novice to advance, international judge services, exchange international exhibition for clubs affiliated friendship and overseas solo photo shows by invitation. Furnished extensive funding support international salons annually to regional/international photo groups under his named ICS patronage/sponsorship for developing better understanding the art of photography continued to date.
Service Resulted: In the promotion of pictorial photography, senior adviser/chairman international judge for domestic and overseas photographic clubs has personally accomplished expanding the new horizons of ICS society-bound, varied photography activities resulted in a broad-base of younger generation photography enthusiasts!
Outstanding attainments cover: Life ICS international general exhibition chairman/adviser has built a good reputation of it and close collaborations with photographic societies/clubs worldwide and contributed tremendously to the expansion of photographic art internationally. Thus, he was awarded strings of top honors for proficiency and service accorded to photography in five continental with the new method circuit salon project in which he is the author of online inter-countries project and cross-culture photography education research and development project for international exhibitions with most respects.
PHOTOGRAPHIC HONORS AND AWARDS
GLOBLE PHOTOGRAPHIC ORGANIZATION
Photographic Society of America - PSA
Associate PSA (2001); PSA Stuyvesant Peabody Memorial Award (2009); PSA Joseph F. Fallon Memorial Award (2008); Membership Gold Star Plaque (2007); PSA Commendation Pictorial Print Division Service Award (2000); PSA Best Speaker Award (2000); PSA Membership Star Awards of 1st Star, 2nd Star, and 3rd Star (1992); PSA Membership Star Award of 4th Star (1993); PSA Service Award (1992); PSA Creative Award (1992); PSA Honor Award Ribbon (1991); PSA Membership Gold Star (2008); PSA Membership Ruby Star (due)
Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique - FIAP
FIAP Honor Plaque for Promotion Internationally the Art of Photography (2012); Honorary Excellence de la FIAP - HonEFIAP (2010); Excellence Service Render de la FIAP - ESFIAP (2000); Excellence de la FIAP - EFIAP (2006); Artist de la FIAP - AFIAP (2001); Auspice FIAP Medal (2004)
Photographic Society of New York - PSNY:
PSNY Jubilee 50th Anniversary Gold Medal Award (1999); PSNY Outstanding Service Award (1998); PSNY Best Speaker Gold Medal Award (1999); Honorary Promoter Photography PSNY of the Century Plaque - HonPPSNY (1999); Honorary Fellow PSNY - HonFPSNY (1999); Fellow PSNY - FPSNY (1994); Associate PSNY - APSNY (1993); Honorary Life Overseas Representative PSNY (1994)
Photographic Alliance USA – PAUSA:
Associate PAUS - APAUS (1992); Fellow PAUS - FPAUS (1995); PAUSA Excellence Service Award (1997); PAUSA Pacific Honor Plaque (1998)
Colorama Metropolitan New York – CNY:
Associate CNY - ACNY (1993); Fellow CNY - FCNY (1996); CNY Gold Trophy Service Award (1998); CNY Society Recognition Gold Medal (1998)
Confederacao Brasileira de Fotografia e Cinema de Brasile - AFB:
Honorary AFB - HonAFB (2003); Lifetime Achievement Crystal Plaque (2003); AFB Excellence Service Gold Medal (2003)
Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain - RPS:
Licentiate-ship RPS - LRPS (1992)
Tama and PESGSPC of Cyprus - PESGSPC:
HonPESGSPC (2009); Super Photographer Plaque (2010); Honor Plaque TAMA (2010); Obtained 50 Works Permanent Collection for 60 Years FIAP Anniversary (2010), Grand Progress Gold Trophy (2010), Honorary TAMA - HonTAMA (2010), Lifetime Achievement Plaque PESGSPC (2011), High Achievement Global Photographic Award Trophy (2013), Lifetime Constellation Golden Trophy (2013), Grand Spirit Golden Trophy (2015)
Nationale Associatia Artistilor Fotograpfi de Romania - AAFR:
Honorary AAFR - HonAAFR (2002); Excellence Service Gold Medal (2002)
Argus Fotographfi Societe Din Oradea - ARGUS:
Honorary Fellow ARGUS - HonFARGUS (2002); Honorary Member ARGUS - HonMARGUS (2001); Fellow ARGUS - FARGUS (2002); Golden Cup Trophy (2012); Golden Plaque of Special Recognition (2012); Lifetime Achievement Award - Special Honor Gold Plaque (2013); Special Honor "North Star" Golden Medal (2014); Argus Golden Trophy (2015)
Club Foto Art Nufarul Organization de Romania - CFNO:
Honorary CFNO - HonCFNO (2007); Honorary Fellow NUFARUL - HonFNUFARUL (2007); NUFARUL Excellence Service Honor Gold Medal (2007)
Nationale Romania Universitatea Din Oradea, Facultatea De Arte Vizuale - NRU Visual Arts Facility:
Profesor Asociat (2007)
Arts Union - Club.Studio “Prostir Photo” Ukraine, Soviet Union - PROSTIR:
Honorary Fellowship of Art Union Prostir - HonFPROTIR (2008).
Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique - FIAP:
Honorary Excellence FIAP - HonEFIAP (2008); Excellence Service FIAP - ESFIAP (2000); Excellence.FIAP - EFIAP (2006); Artist FIAP - AFIAP (2001); FIAP LO US (2000); Liaison Officer ILFIAP USPA (2004)
Image Sans Frontier - ISF:
ISF Achievement Award - ISF Pewter Medal (2014)
United Kingdom Saudi Arabian for Culture & Arts Photographers House -SPH:
Master SPH - MSPH (2006); Honor Gold Medal for Master Photography (2006); Honorary Fellow SPH - HonFSPH (2001); Honorary SPH - HonSPH (2000); Fellow SPH - FSPH (2000); Honor Gold Medal for Outstanding Service and International Understanding through Photography (2001)
Photographic Society of Pakistan - PSP:
Honorary PSP - HonPSP (2001); Honorary Member PSP - HonMPSP (2002)
Photographic Arts Society of Pakistan-Pakistan Salon Group (Regd) - PSG:
Honorary Fellowship of PSG - HonFPSG (2011)
NORTH EAST ASIA
Japan International Photographic Federation of Japan - JIPF:
Honorary JIPF - HonJIPF (2006)
SOUTH EAST ASIA
Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists - VAPA:
VN02 Honor Golden Trophy (2002); VN05 Certificate of Work and Author (2009)
PhotoArt Society Batu Pahat of Malaysia - PSBP:
Honorary Fellow PSBP - HonFPSBP (2005); PSBP Anniversary Special Gold Medal (2006); PSBP Service Gold Medal (2005); Honor Title World Top Photographer (2011); Super World Photographer Golden Trophy (2012), World-Top-Photographer Golden Plaque (2012)
India International Photographic Council of India - IIPC:
Associate Service IIPC - ASIIPC (2000); Fellow Service IIPC - FIIPC (2012)
Bangladesh Photographic Society – PSB:
Honorary Fellow PBS - FPBS (2010); Honor Gold Medal PBS for Excellency (2010), Honorary Fellowship Gold Medal (2010)
Bangladesh Society of Photographic Art - BSPA:
Honorary Fellow BSPA - HonFBSPA (2010), Honorary Fellow Gold Medal (2014)
National Association of Photographers of Srilanka - NAPSL:
Honorary Fellow NAPSL - HonFNAPSL (2008); Fellow NAPSL - FNAPSL (2008)
Horizon International Photographic Society- HIPS:
Honorary HIPS - HonHIPS (2007), Honorary Fellow HIPS - HonFHIPS (2008), Fellow HIPS - FHIPS (2007), Lifetime Achievement Plaque (2012)
National Academy Photography-Persona International of India: NAP-PERS:
Honorary Excellence PI - HonEPI (2009); Honorary Life Advisor Committee Member-NAP - HonAdNAP (2007); Honorary Fellow PI - HonFPI (2008), Golden Cup Service Trophy (2012), NAP Special Golden Medal (2012), Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
* Many other domestic and abroad societies photographic service and proficiency distinctions as well as honorary life representative of abroad photographic organizations not record.
Photography exhibition international salons and solo exhibitions associated worldwide by invitation
* Many photographic honor mentions, top-awards medalist international salon PSA FIAP not record.