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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Thomas Paul McCann: "The last time you recommended the NYT subscription I subscribed. As a European I find their editorial suits me and happily read it daily, but I'm jiggered if I have yet to come across anything specifically photographic. Where do you find it?"
Mike replies: Underneath the main title on the home page you'll see a horizontal list of subtopics starting with "World." All the way to the right is a tab marked "All." Click that and a vertical list at the left appears. Click "Photography."
Other relevant content you will find in various sections—Arts, Obituaries (such as Don Hunstein's), sometimes in editorial features such as today's interactive "Road to Nowhere," which identifies individuals in a group photo. Unfortunately there's no central clearinghouse of all the relevant content, and you might find it anywhere. For example, the Catherine Leroy feature is in "Opinion" because it's written by a guest author.