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Thursday, 13 May 2010

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What an amazing photo...and what vision to see it. Like an ascension. I've never seen it before--thanks.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..."
Charles Dickens

Amazing photo, and immediately reminded me of Ben Lowy's photo from a present day war zone - http://www.robgalbraith.com/data/1/rec_imgs/377_ben_lowy_5.jpg

For those interested in the images from Vietnam, I can not recommend this book highly enough: Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina

Not only do you see the toll it took on the poeple in the images, but a greater idea of toll it took on the people behind the images.

Mein Gott, how young they were!
I wonder if "Requiem" is still in print -- a beautiful-horrible paean to all the known photojournalists in that long war, (including Huet)?

More of Huet's work can be found in "Requiem," the compilation of Vietnam photojournalism by Horst Fass and Tim Page.

Photo #28 of the balloon release looks like the same event I remember from Garry Winogrand's "Figments from the Real World." Will have to look tonight...

Amazing photo.

Looking through the rest I couldn't help reflect how much has changed through the years- we're now occupying two countries instead of one, kill entire families in mud huts instead of straw and the vast majority of our journalists are embeds. We saw the casualties nightly on TV back then, today we're treated to celebrity news items 24/7 and call it "reality."

Stunned. Thank goodness politicians and the military are doing their best to stop these type of pictures coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan - can't have this level of reality let loose nowadays can we?

There are so many images of war and of its cruelty. Most tend to anesthetise us to the realty - just another recording of the pain that man inflicts on man; just as it ever was. It takes a great photographer to make a significant image of war. Henri Huet has recorded many significant images. He is a great photographer.

I was there. I can't say that very often - I don't get out much. But in 1969, I was there.

I'll probably never be able to forgive Robert MacNamara. Or Ms. Fonda. But, then, to my knowledge they weren't photographers, so do they really count?

But...I have boxes of slides that haven't seen the light of a projector in 40 years. I should get them out and get them digitized, I suppose. Some have come loose in their mountings. The prints are pretty much shot - albums back in the day were not archival material and the color prints have faded. Some of the negatives are still in their original packaging from the Px. The problem is, they are boxes of pain and are not easily opened.

An Olympus PenFT...and rolls of Tri-X or Kodachrome 64 when I could find some...or film scammed from Imagery Interpretation (I flew recon missions, filming anything interesting - and the b&w film could be loaded into 35 mm cassettes if you were nice to the I.I. crews on the ground).

I dunno. I know I took some nice photos (better than I take now)...I suppose I should have 'em digitized...

Thanks for the link, Mike. I think.


Thank you for the link, Mike. Yes, some familiar, others new and freshly shocking and saddening. Thank goodness for those who did their best to bring care and humanity into that war and to those who brought the conflict to a close. And to the photographers who provided the evidence of war's distress.

Jim,
I wonder if you've thought about trying to find an archive or an historical organization to donate them to? It might be a long search and you might have to be patient to find the work the right home, but it's possible it would end up being a more satisfactory resolution than having to go back through it all yourself. I imagine there are a lot of painful memories attached, that you understandably might prefer not to relive extensively.

Mike

Mike,

No, I've not thought about that solution.

One of the goals of getting older is to "disremember", I suppose. (Your link prompted the loading not of film, but a bottle of bourbon tonight ). Single malt scotch just won't do - sometimes the situation requires bourbon.

I have several slide boxes (the old straight run through type, not those "modern" new fangled carousel types ) and a box that holds the loose mounted slides (which I opened awhile back and that's where I found some coming loose from their mounts). As I recall the slide boxes fit an Argus projector...which, of course, I no longer possess. The albums of prints I looked at a few years ago and found that the colors have shifted, and that the then popular "sticky" back album pages had bound themselves to the photographs. (Another reason to love RAW images from this time period!).

Half frame slides, of course; that PenFT was the way to go when film was in short supply!

Not a bad suggestion about finding them a good home - although I doubt they'd be worth looking at to anyone who didn't happen to serve in a Grumman Mohawk unit. Everyone's familiar with the Huey or the Cobra - not many have experience with the Mohawk.

I dunno...I'll have to give it some thought. Thanks for the suggestion - it's never occurred to me.

I'd most likely want to wade through 'em anyway before sharing...no telling what the heck I photographed at the time, I've not opened 'em for years...I'd probably have to pick up more bourbon...

Henri Huet was very very good. Interesting book I read called Lost Over Laos, about the search for the helicopter that went down carrying Larry Burrows, Kent Potter, Henri Huet, and Keisaburo Shimamoto. To refresh memories Burrows was the Life photographer whose images one saw of the war in that magazine back in the 60's, he also was very talented. Remember watching the nightly news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley and the daily updates on the war--quite saddened when I heard the news that Burrows was dead. He was the most famous of the bunch. In the book I recall someone having said Huet may have been the most talented war photographer of the Vietnam era.

I warmly recommend Larry Burrow's: 'Vietnam' in which you'll find most of his famous Vietnam work including some amazing color photos.

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