Of the problem, N. Duong, 26, a student of Hanoi Industrial Fine Art University
(HIFA), said angrily: "As a rule, students must not photograph nude models. If
they want to take a picture to finish their painting later, they must ask for
the model's agreement."
Another student, L.H, also said angrily: "I won't believe it until I see the
photos on the Internet". V.H.Hai, 24, a student of HIFA said: "Photographing
nude models and uploading their images onto the Internet is a very bad act. It
does not only affect the models themselves, but also puts fine art on a level
with dirty things."
Nude models are an indispensable part of the apprenticeship of a painter. Many
already successful painters pay their gratitude to the nude models who appeared
in their artworks from the beginning to when they achieved success.
However, public opinion in Vietnam now still looks work of the models as
something "not serious", causing most nude models to hide their work from their
own family and friends.
Pham Hoc Hai, an official of Hanoi Fine Arts University said: "Nude modelling
is special work. It must be seriously honoured and protected. Students who do
bad things to nude models will be punished strictly".