Damiani to Publish Vietnam 40 Years Later

From the book, Vietnam 40 Years Later, bull races near Chau Doc.

From the book, Vietnam 40 Years Later, and a FotoWeekDC contest winner: Bull races near Chau Doc.














(My studio issued the following news release today:)

WASHINGTON, D.C.. October 3, 2013 — Photographer Robert Dodge announced today that he has signed with Damiani Editore of Italy to publish Vietnam 40 Years Later, a colorful and compelling exploration of Vietnam four decades after the end of the war. The book also became available today for pre-publication sales at: Vietnam 40 Years Later.

Vietnam 40 Years Later will contain about 100 beautiful photographs that challenge Americans to give-up their horrific war-era memories of this Southeast Asian country in favor of a more hopeful and modern vision. The book is scheduled to be published in March 2014, just one year before the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.

“I am especially proud that the book will be published by Damiani,” said Dodge, noting that the Bologna-based company “is one of the world’s most-prestigious publishers of art and photography books.”

The book is the creative result of an eight-year project that will give viewers a fresh look at Vietnam. “Vietnam is no longer a war. It is a country,” Dodge said.

Robert Dodge Photography also announced today that images from the book have won top honors in FotoWeekDC’s Uncover/Discover contest. The images will be seen as large prints and projections during the international photo festival in November in Washington, D.C.

A video of Dodge photo shooting in Vietnam and talking about the book can be seen at: Vietnam 40 Years Later.

From the watery and lush farmlands of the Mekong to the lush green rice paddies of the Red River region; from the crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of the coastline to the tropical mountains of the north; from the historic corridors of Hanoi to the bustling business, fashion and media center of Ho Chi Minh City, Dodge provides a captivating cross section of a country that has shaken off its violent past and now appears to be in constant motion. To be sure, Dodge’s exploration reveals a country at a crossroads with serious economic and political challenges. But whatever Vietnam ultimately does to fix its economy or confront human rights issues, Dodge has provided viewers with a new and insightful perspective on a country that is once again connected to the United States and the West economically, politically and militarily.  

He also draws beautifully from his decades as a journalist to show readers he also is a seasoned writer. In a compelling essay, he tells how his experiences as a war-era Baby Boomer instilled him with a keen interest in Vietnam and was the inspiration for his photo exploration.

Dodge is accompanied by Vietnamese-American journalist Andrew Lam, who has written an eloquent foreword, drawing on Dodge’s photography to reflect on his own life as a Vietnamese refugee who found success in America as a journalist and award-winning book author.

Robert Dodge is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Washington, D.C. Prior to going full-time with his photography in 2010, Dodge was a Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. He covered economic, heath care and education issues from Capitol Hill and the White House. In 1994, he won a Dallas Press Club Texas Katie Award for his Sunday magazine article, Mr. Bentsen and the President. In 2011, Dodge received an Honorable Mention in the Santa Fe Workshops contest called “LIGHT” for the image Tram Ton Pass captured near Sapa, Vietnam. The image was one of 50 contest winners selected from 2,777 entries by 751 photographers from throughout the world.

Andrew Lam is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. He is also a senior editor and writer at New America Media and a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His latest book, Birds of Paradise, has received high praise from critics and readers. Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975 when he was 11 years old, is the recipient of many awards and honors for his work.

Purchase the book here: Vietnam 40 Years Later.

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