Enduring Spirit of Vietnam.
Photographs by Peter Steinhauer, foreword by Michael Kenna.
Art Vietnam/Fielding-Lecht, Hanoi/Austin, 2006. 127 pp., black-and-white illustrations throughout, 13¾x11¼".
I often wonder why I photograph Vietnam and what my fascination is with this country. Did it start when I first came here in 1993 when I began work on my first book, or did it begin when my father returned to the U.S. from serving here in 1966-1967 when i first began to hear the word 'Vietnam'? Whatever it is, it has kept me returning here to live, work, and photograph.
This book represents four different bodies of work: The Mekong Delta; Canals of Saigon; Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam; and Hanoi - Streets, Roofs, and Houses. I began to compile these bodies of work starting in 1996, while working on my first book, Vietnam: Portraits and Landscapes. They are four very different projects, but all are representative of Vietnam. I felt these were all projects that had something to say, whether it be soft or loud.