Floating around aimlessly on Amazon yesterday looking at photobooks, I was surprised to find that Larry Burrows: Vietnam is still in print. I thought it became unavailable long ago. Larry Burrows—an Englishman—was, as you probably know, perhaps pre-eminent among the photographers who died covering the war in Viet Nam (pre-eminent as a photographer, I mean; they are all equals in their sacrifice).
Longtime readers will also remember that a photograph of Burrows' Leica by Ronen Zilberman is perhaps the most poignant picture ever made of a camera. (It's probably one of the cameras he's wearing below, in fact.)
The book I have is Larry Burrows: Compassionate Photographer, which really is long out of print. The picture below, reproduced alone on a page approximately the size you see it here, is the last picture in that one.
Featured Comment by David: "Mike, I have the book—Vietnam—I bought it new several years ago. It's a big book so it does the pictures justice. And I can remember as clear as day the feeling of almost disbelief when I first looked at the photographs—that someone could compose, expose and make photographs of that quality in those rapid-moving conditions. The book is in storage back in J., so I can't check it and I don't recall the name of the sequence that covered the death of the man in the helicopter gunship. [The man is Crew Chief James Farley—the story is called "Yankee Papa 13." —MJ] I mention that because I think a lot of people think of that sequence when they think of Larry Burrows' pictures. But in fact it is the colour photographs that grabbed me the most. They seemed to have been taken by someone who had all the time in the world to get all the elements right, and who had a master's eye for knowing what the scene would translate to in two dimensions. Quite apart from his skill as a photographer I have a soft spot for him—as I suspect many do. For what it is worth, he and Werner Bischof are the two photographers who have enriched my life with their photographs."
Featured Comment by Mike Hess: "When I started out assisting a wedding photographer, it was for the experience (i.e., no pay). However, he did give me a great Christmas gift which was this book. It was the first real photography book (other than how-to) that I ever owned. It contains some of the most hauntingly beautiful images. The romanticized ideal of the war photographer is probably Burrows' fault. If it wasn't for marriage and common sense, I honestly probably would have tried to become one."