Thu 13 Mar
Clark MacLeod: Saigon Poster Art is a growing collection of pictures of hand painted posters found displayed all over Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. MacLeod has done a good job; it’s a charming little assemblage of street imagery that’s well worth a look.
I remember this kind of advertising/propaganda from my travels in Viet Nam as well as Thailand. It was an uneasy feeling when I came to the realization that the reason these posters were hand-painted and not printed is because human labor is cheaper than technology in that part of the world and even in attempting to emulate technologies like photography and printing, human labor can produce weirdly beautiful results.