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Tony Le Kim Thuan was an EET engineer and a small businessman success in California; self-taught photography of fine art since 1963 
in his origin country; he then also studies physic photography and 
take some extensive courses correspondent at the universities in US and oversea since 1981.  

Nearly over five decades by his experiences in photography he had formed a “Group of Amateur Photographers” on August 19th 1985 
in Garden Grove, California, United States. 

Within the two (2) years period, his artistic work gained respect from several well-known photographers also obtained photographic distinctions from the world well-known photographic organisations. 

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 / Henry Mass FPSA’s Photographic Alliance USA Representative FIAP in US.
  • Dr. Gregory Tansiongkun FPSA EPSA, PSA International Affairs Committee.
  • 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 / developed successful photographic organisation. 

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” reformed structure and changed the its 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 1989The Image Colleague Society and Tony Le Kim Thuan received guidance and advisory from Wellington Lee, Henry Mass, and C. Rajagopal for express active society purpose which launches its recognition of ICS photographic service and proficiency distinction to international and domestic membership and clubs affiliation. 

During the time Tony Le Kim Thuan work with advisers and Photographic Society of New York in Manhattan New York; Koh Kok Hwa from Malaysia South-East Asia connected with Tony Le Kim Thuan and volunteer support ICS activities. Koh Kok Hwa become one of the key ICS photographers and assisted Tony Le Kim Thuan in general since September 1989 to date.

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. Then 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. 

Ten (10) years later (1988-1998) Mr. Jacky Martin HonEFIAP FIAP hon vice president FIAP, member of board directors representing FIAP and one FPF officer of federation photographique de France visited ICS in Garden Grove, California USA where the first official meeting held between FIAP and ICS on August 21st 1998 for establishment of a provision FIAP liaison office in US for promotion and development the art photography activities for the salons meeting federation Internationale de l'art photographique exhibition operating standards. 

On December 16th 2000, Tony Le Kim Thuan was duly elected and appointed as an official FIAP acting liaison officer in United States by Mr. Emile Wandersheid HonEFIAP EFIAP president of Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique. He retired acting LO US in 2018 and concentrated service to his Image Colleague Society, International system.

Presently, 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, Finland, Singapore, Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Hong Kong, etc.
 
 
 
History of the Image Colleague Society








TONY LE KIM THUAN (XIN THE PAST 50 YEARS (1968) IN PHANRANG NINH THUAN VIETNAM


Love and Friendship - Connecting Cross-Culture Education Through Photography
BIOGRAPHY OF FOUNDER
 
Tony Le Kim Thuan was born in August 19th 1945 in Viet Nam, 
immigrated to United States on December 15th 1980. He attainted at School of Electrical Engineering Technologies of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas w/minor in physic photography since 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 Technologies 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. It refresh his photography passion in fine arts has become his lifelong hobby.

Tony Le Kim Thuan truly was born to serve photography !
INTRODUCTION
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  “Constellation 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 Organisation
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); PSA Membership Milestone Certificate (2016)
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)

NORTH AMERICA
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)

SOUTH AMERICA
Confederacao Brasileira de Fotografia e Cinema de Brasile - AFB:
Honorary AFB - HonAFB (2003); Lifetime Achievement Crystal Plaque (2003); AFB Excellence Service Gold Medal (2003)

NORTH EUROPE
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)

EAST EUROPE
Nationale Associatia Artistilor Fotograpfi de Romania - AAFR:
Honorary AAFR - HonAAFR (2002); Excellence Service Gold Medal (2002); Honorary AAF Plaque for Friendship and Execellence Service in Photography (2016)
Argus Fotographfi Societe Din Oradea - ARGUS:
Honorary Fellow ARGUS - HonFARGUS (2002); Honorary Member ARGUS - HonMARGUS (2001); Fellow ARGUS - FARGUS (2002); Master ARGUS - MARGUS Golden Cup Trophy (2012); Golden Plaque of Special Recognition (2012); Lifetime Achievement Award - Special Honor Gold Plaque (2013); Special Honor "North Star" Golden Medal Grand Master GM.ARGUS (2014); Argus Golden Trophy (2015); Argus Lifetime Constellation Award (2016)
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).

WEST EUROPE
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); ICS ILFIAP (2012)
Image Sans Frontier - ISF:
ISF Achievement Award - ISF Pewter Medal (2014)

MIDDLE EAST
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); Honor Silver Medal for Love and Friendship Global Photo Inspiration Through The Universal Language of Photography (2016)
World of Photography Group - WPG Saudi Arabia Middle East:
Master WPG - MWPG (2016)

CENTRAL ASIA
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)  
United Photographers Hong Kong (special region) of China - UPHK
Honorary Fellow UPHK - HonFUPHK (2016); Master Exhibitor UPHK - MEUPHK (2016); Honorary Advisor UPSK - HonAdvUPHK (2017)

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); PSBP Special Award of Distinguished World-Top-Photographer (2016)  

SOUTH ASIA
India International Photographic Council of India - IIPC:
Associate Service IIPC - ASIIPC (2000); Fellow Service IIPC (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), Honorary Life Member NAP-Personna International (2015).
Sigma Art Photography India
Honorary Fellow SAP - HonFSAP (2015)

AFRICA
Association National De La Photographie D' Art Au Benin "ANAPHAB"
Honorary ANAPHAB - HonANAPHAB (2017)

EXHIBITION:
Photography exhibition international salons and solo exhibitions associated worldwide by invitation.

* Many other domestic and abroad societies photographic service and proficiency distinctions, awards as well as honorary life representative of abroad photographic organisations not record.