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Photo essay: Portraitists in Hanoi

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:20 GMT+7

Visitors to Hanoi can now have their face portrayed by a group of artists at Hoan Kiem Lake at about US$4.5.

The artist group’s oldest person is 70 years old, while the other members are fresh, young graduates, and amateur artists.

Their job is to paint a portrait in charcoal or ink for tourists.

Each artwork costs around VND100,000 (US$4.5).

In Hanoi, this kind of service still lacks consideration, leaving the artists working in poor conditions. 

Thus, the artists’ income is unstable.

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

The artist group often gathers at Hoan Kiem Lake in the capital city of Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

Each artwork costs around VND100,000 (US$4.5). Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

An old artist is seen painting a portrait based on a photo in his customer’s phone. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

A painting artist at Hoan Kiem Lake in the capital city of Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

A portrait painting advertisement. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Những người vẽ chân dung bên hồ Gươm

The artists move to Ngoc Son Temple at night. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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