At the World's Greatest Photography Magazine,* the astonishing story of the French war photographer Catherine Leroy. Raised in a convent in Paris and determined to be a combat photographer, she booked a one-way ticket to Laos in 1966 when she was only 21, arriving with no affiliations, no credentials, a Leica M2, and only $100 to her name. She became one of the most daring, and among the most accomplished, photographers of the Vietnam conflict.
She was the first journalist in the Southeast Asian conflict to participate in a combat parachute drop (above).
This is a photographer we should rightly know more about. Catherine Leroy retired from combat photography after working in Lebanon in the mid-1980s, and died of lung cancer in California in 2006.
*I know the New York Times is behind a paywall for some readers. As I've said before, I think it's worthwhile to subscribe just for the excellent photographic content, which is plentiful. I mention stories from the newspaper from time to time; hope you won't mind.
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