Blog by Vietnam based documentary Photographer Christian Berg
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Last week I was for a long weekend in Hongkong. Had time to do some street photography in my favorite city in Asia….

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some more shots here http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuulongden/sets/72157633409090384/

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I started a series on the Urbanization of Saigon about one and a half years ago. It is a ongoing project.
A part of the series got now published on the award-winning Blog ThisBigCity.net

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Last year I wrote a blog post about the so called “old hacks” re-union of former Vietnam war correspondents in Saigon.

A few weeks ago I found a few images by photographer Jay Vandevoort posted on flickr. So I had the rare chance to see myself in action: here taking pictures of Pulitzer price winner Nick Ut and here having a chat with Peter Arnett and Eddie Lederer.

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For the last 10 days I had the chance to travel along the mighty Mekong from Phnom Penh to Laos and take quite a few good pictures. In the next few weeks I will slowly publish a selection on this blog.

First two pictures from the very beginning and almost the end of my trip. As you can see, quite a Juxtaposition.

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without words…

Since beginning of the year I take part in an interesting blogging project by the German cultural institution Goethe Institute. The project is called Cityscapes and connects young journalists in Asia, Australia and Europe. The idea is to look at urban life at the beginning of the 21st century. Every months there is a different topic for the bloggers to explore through text and images. For em a great way to see the common points and differences of some of the most exiting places of the world. My recent entry looks at the brave new world of Saigon’s hypermodern suburb Phu My Hung… Looking forward to see how this whole project develops!

A few months ago I had the chance to work on a project for an international NGO that supports the free treatment of HIV patients around Vietnam with so called ARV’s (antiretroviral drugs). This was so far the most interesting project I worked on. We spent about a week in Saigon and Hanoi to meet several people living with HIV / AIDS and portrait their life. In fact what I did was to shoot b/w pictures in order to illustrate how they got infected with the virus, while the part about their treatment with the free medication and the improvement it made on their lives was filmed in color.

Here a few shots out of the project. I hope will have the chance to work on this topic in the future again.


HIV in Vietnam – Images by Christian Berg

It is 3 days into the year of the Cat now (or for Chinese the year of the rabbit). So its time for me to wish everyone a happy new year, or “Chuc Mung Nam Moi” as people say in Vietnam. I guess I have been in Asia quite a while as Tet starts more and more to feel like the true change between years. This is the time when the hectic year finally comes to a rest (everyone works through Christmas and Western New Year) and new plans for the coming year are made. For me this year will focus much stronger on editorial and documentary photography than before, and this blog will be updated more frequently with interesting stories around the region and beyond (not only photos…).

For now here some of my impressions from the first day of Tet in Saigon on the first day of Tet 2011

a woman looks from her balcony in district 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
Colorful balloons on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
Traffic on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
Traffic on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
A man sells sticky rice on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
Evening on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
Illuminated hammer and sickle on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011
An illuminated Vietnamese star on Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the first day of Tet 2011

After working on a photo assignment portraying people living with HIV / AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi 2 weeks ago I more than ever believer that this is a topic not addressed enough and that one of the major problems with the issue is the strong stigmatization that they actually suffer. While I was covering the story in order to promote free treatment with ARV’s in clinics I also know that prevention is of similar importance. Have a look at this story on Reuters AlertNet to read how most prevention programs actually fail on of the most at risk groups – sex workers.

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Saigon is probably one of the fastest changing cities in Southeast Asia at this point in time. PGPR.1 While some parts still have old french architecture that enchants with its beautiful decay other parts of the city look so modern that it does not even seem to be Vietnam anymore. Well, at least the Vietnam that we commonly imagine. Is it similar to Singapore? Is Saigon actually on the way to become a generic city, like the one that Rem Koolhaas is talking about? Have a look at the video below and share your thoughts! Personally it reminds me of the Prince George’s Park Residences, a popular student residence at NUS (National University of Singapore) which you can see in the image on the left hand side…