|Propaganda for fire fighting |
I saw this poster when I was passing by the Fire
Fighting Department in Điện Biên Phủ city, north
west Vietnam. The woman wears traditional dress
of the Thai ethnic minority group in north west Vietnam.
Perhaps propaganda have become a special feature of Vietnam, as I've seen some people in the Thorn Tree travel forum asking where they could buy propaganda.
|Đồng Hới city, central Vietnam|
This shot was taken after Tết (the Lunar New Year)
in January 2009 in Đồng Hới city, central Vietnam.
The words mean "Congratulations to the Country,
the Communist Party and Happy New Year!".
In my opinion, the propaganda play an important role. Not only they draw public attention to some events or social issues, they also show different ideas and imaginations of the artists. This also can be seen in Vietnamese stamps. Sometimes competitions are organized to find a design for a poster/stamp campaign. These competitions attract the participation of many painters. My grandfather was one of the contestants and he was once awarded a prize for his design.
|Country reunification day 30 April|
Celebration of the 35th reunification day of
Vietnam on 30 April 2010. (Poster in Hanoi)
The photos in this blog were taken in different cities/towns of Vietnam from north to south. You can see the various expressions of the same event, for example, celebrations of the new years. There are also different sizes of propaganda depending on the places. Often I ignore the political propaganda and only take photos of propaganda which are related to the festivals or interesting events.
Tips: There are some shops in Hanoi's Old Quarter that sell propaganda to tourists. You can view the samples on their websites, but it's better to see them in reality and check out the price.