The Associated Press photographer Huynh Thanh My covers a Vietnamese battalion pinned down in a Mekong Delta rice paddy about a month before he was killed in combat on Oct. 10, 1965. (AP Photo; Denver Post pLOG caption)
The Denver Post's pLOG has an extensive, excellent, and encompassing look back at many of the best pictures of the Viet Nam war, to commemorate 35 years after the fall of Saigon—the picture above of Huynh Thanh My at work prior to his death is one of 141 pictures in the presentation. Many of the pictures are famous, but some of them I probably haven't seen once in the intervening three and a half decades. Seeing them again elicits a strange sense of the past returning.
It's a lot, but take some time with this set if you can; some of the photos are remarkable.
...And just as I was preparing this post I was reached with the very bad news that Tim Hetherington has been killed today in Libya. Three other photographers were wounded in the same attack, two of them, Chris Hondros and Guy Martin, severely.
Photographer, filmmaker, and activist Hetherington, a British citizen who lived in New York, won three World Press prizes including World Press Photo of the Year for 2007, and with the writer Sebastian Junger directed the film Restrepo, nominated for an Academy Award this year. His latest book of photographs is called Infidel, "an intimate portrait of a single U.S. platoon, assigned to an outpost in the Korengal Valley—an area considered one of the most dangerous Afghan postings in the war against the Taliban." The Times quotes Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, who called Tim's death today "a devastating loss to the human rights community."
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to his colleagues who were hurt.
(Thanks to John Camp and Chuck Albertson)
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Featured Comment by Evan: "Chris Hondros has died as well. Not much else to say about it. Thank you to all the photojournalists who take these risks so that we might know the truth, or something close to it."
Featured Comment by Andrea: "I met personally Tim, when he came to Italy to be awarded at the Lucca Digital Photo Fest, and had the privilege to spend some time with him. Beyond being a great photographer, he was one of the most beautiful soul I've ever met. We'll miss him."
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "I'm surprised that Ronald L. Haeberle's photo #82 was reproduced in black and white when it is best known as a color photo, and in fact the reason it became public is because it is in color. The story behind that photo is pretty mind boggling."