About Lawrence D’Attilio

A celebrated international photographer, photo educator, speaker and humanitarian, Lawrence has been exclusively photographing and exploring the splendor of Vietnam and its five thousand-year-old culture from 2006 to 2016. Larry holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with high honors degree from the University of Louisville and has taught continuing education photography at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After Louisville, he studied photography with Ansel Adams. Focusing on fine art photography he chose the path of exhibits, commissions, and residencies rather than the commercial world of photo journalism so that he could gain greater depth and understanding of his subjects. His photographs of Vietnam have had numerous solo exhibitions around the world and are held in public and private collections. His work in Vietnam has been supported by the Ford Foundation, The Underwood Foundation, Redline -Milwaukee, Fractured Atlas, Hanhmemuhle and other grants. Lawrence’s decades-long work and teaching in photography has been made more unique and well-rounded through his other experiences as a symphony orchestra musician and aviator. His career-long life as a fine art photographer has equipped him with unique skills at recognizing the strengths in other peoples’ photographs and encouraging their growth. As a Rotary Club member for 18 years Lawrence has helped drive financial support for the Women’s Social Organization and Development micro loan program in Vietnam. His photo documentary video of the program’s micro loan recipients in Vinh Phuc Province (gallery link here) has been effective in driving interest in micro finance programs.

In 2010 Lawrence photographed and exhibited some experimental work which explored portraits of 32 young educated women in Vietnam today caught between the demands of modern life and traditional culture. More recently developments in that constructed abstract photography art was exhibited in Ha Noi in 2015 and Malaysia in 2014.  At Campus Ha Noi in 2006 Lawrence collaborated with two Vietnamese artists and violinist Pamela Foard to produce the installation art work named Ha Noi Windows (link for video available soon) that melded three art disciplines and was exhibited in Ha Noi, Milan, Italy and the U.S.

Lawrence was the initial organizing founder of the Coalition for Photographic Arts (www.copamilwaukee.com). Earlier he co-founded the Photography Collectors Inc. Mutual Fund and in 1970 co-founded one of the worlds first three art  galleries for the selling of fine photography, The Bathhouse Gallery.

Vietnam Travel provides the highest quality custom-travel planning to Vietnam. With in-depth knowledge of the country, strong relationships with its Vietnamese colleagues, and dedication to giving you a truly wonderfully memorable experience, Vietnam Travel creates that special trip specifically for you and your traveling companions.

Founded by Mr. Don Phuong, Vietnam Travel grew out of his love of his country and desire to share its treasures with travelers. Mr. Phuong is also the founder of Volunteers for Peace, so has extensive knowledge about humanitarian efforts in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Our workshops include visits to the Friendship Villages for children affected by Agent Orange and a micro-credit village, where women given small loans build successful businesses. Mr. Phuong will train our participants about basics of Vietnam Culture. He has visited the U. S. and is a good friend to many U.S. citizens while also speaking impeccable English.


FAQs and helpful hints

How do the Vietnamese view foreigners? –  On the average they welcome you  with warmth.  

Medical concerns – In recent years the big cities have care and emergency departments comparable with Europe and Japan. Please make sure you have a tetanus shot that is less than 7 years old. And if you have never had one, please get a Hep B as well. 

Do I need to speak Vietnamese? – No. In the hotels we use there are staff who speak English and away from the hotel you will with the tour’s translators.

Safety concerns – Traveling is at least as safe as in America and safety in the streets is among the best in the world.  

Bathrooms – Vietnamese still use squat toilets in the countryside, and occasionally in the cities, but modern toilets are becoming more common.

Food and water comments – Water from the tap and ice made that way is not so great. Bottled water is everywhere and that is what the Vietnamese use.

Visa – We recommend using the Visa-on-Demand system. Online you apply for the Visa through a Vietnamese Visa expeditier, your application is brought to the Visa office in Hanoi the next day and a day later the approval letter is emailed to you by the web site service. At the airport in Vietnam the first thing you do is go to the Visa processing station that is next to the passport immigration lines. They take your passport and approval letter and stamp your passport, and at that time you pay the Visa fee. Once done (usually 15 minutes), you go through immigration and after that to the baggage carousels with your bags probably available already

Clothing – Warmest middays will often be pleasant at that time of year, but a few may be hot, so plan on short sleeves lightweight fabrics that breath well. For night a light wind breaker type jacket may be useful at times. Definitely have some travel type rain gear of the thin plastic type that fold into a tiny collapsible pouch. Sports/camping supply stores have good choices for this. It is okay to wear shorts, but in the center of cities it is rare to see a Vietnamese do that. While we are out photographing we prefer that you wear long pants. You will be on your knees at times and walking through brush at other times. Finally, a hat is important to use as protection against the sun’s UV. Even on less sunny days, the UV is there.  

Cameras and equipment – description coming soon