Vietnam has been in my life since I can remember. My father was a Lieutenant Commander in the Third Marine Division in Danang in 1966-1967. After returning home, we always had slide shows in the living room of his photographs. From third grade until I was a senior in high school, I gave slide shows of his photographs for extra credit. I had my first chance to live in Vietnam in 1993 after I finished art school and then began working on my first body of work on portraits and landscapes from all over the country.
This book was published in 2001 by Edition Stemmle. It is made of up of portraits of Vietnamese who had no major influence from Western society, in their living and working environments. Poets, artists, herbalists, farmers, monks, ethnic minorities and pottery makers. The landscapes are from throughout the country. While living full time in Hanoi, I began work on numerous other projects which turned into my second publication, Endurning Spirit of Vietnam, which was released in 2007. It is comprised of four bodies of work: The Mekong Delta, Ethnic Minorities, The Canals of Saigon and The Streets, Roofs and Houses of Hanoi.
Below are a selection of images from each of these bodies of work. All of this work was made with large and medium format cameras with the majority being 4x5. I worked almost exclusively with Kodak T-Max 100 film and processed and printed all of my work. I continue to work in Vietnam on current projects and have many planned for the future.