Paint on the move

Published July 30, 2011
Men work on a body of a truck outside a truck decorating workshop in a suburb of Karachi.
Men work on a body of a truck outside a truck decorating workshop in a suburb of Karachi.
A painter sorts paint pots in a truck decorating workshop.
A painter sorts paint pots in a truck decorating workshop.
Belal, a painter, works in a truck decorating workshop.
Belal, a painter, works in a truck decorating workshop.
Men ride a donkey-drawn cart past a painted public transport bus.
Men ride a donkey-drawn cart past a painted public transport bus.
A painted truck is parked waiting to load goods.
A painted truck is parked waiting to load goods.

Truck art in Pakistan is considered to be an artistic expression by the truckers and painters. Colourful and intricately painted trucks are a tradition in Pakistan. The practice of decorating trucks has its roots in the days of the raj when craftsmen made colourful horse drawn carriages for the gentry. Different regions developed their own styles over time and some decorations served as reminders of home for drivers on long journeys. - Photos by AFP

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