Thank you to all of my family, friends, and supporters in the artistic, Vietnamese, and adoptee communities. Due to your word-of-mouth, grassroots endeavors, I am pleased to announce the second printing of OTHER STREETS: Scenes from a Life in Vietnam not Lived.
Unlike some artists who subscribe to a limited edition photobook strategy to create exclusivity and scarcity, my ambition is to get my book in as many hands as possible. I want my art to change hearts and minds and that cannot be done through exclusivity and scarcity. For photojournalists like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Robet Capa, W. Eugene Smith, and Don McCullin, part of their influence was due to the distribution of their photographs through mass produced newspapers and magazines. The general public never saw their work in photobooks, galleries or museums.
When most Americans think of images of Vietnam, three are most prominent: Malcolm Brown's self-immolating monk (1963), Eddie Adams's street execution of a Viet Cong suspect (1968), and Nick Ut's napalm-fleeing girl (1972). These are all powerful, historic, but also horrific photographs. OTHER STREETS offers a counter-narrative in which the Vietnamese people work, play, laugh, and relax. These images will never supplant the others, but once implanted in the mind and the heart, they can permanently change what the viewer remembers about Vietnam.
The new versions improve upon the cost and quality issues of the prior. Please continue to spread the word.
Mark F. Erickson (Đỗ Văn Hùng) is the author of the photobook Other Streets: Scenes from a Life in Vietnam not Lived.