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Thursday, 30 July 2020


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FB link unavailable (that's OK, it's FB).

" I thought I'd pass along a brief but moving comment Jim made on Facebook about what a customer said about one particular book."

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No thanks, not a member and don't have any desire to be. Any chance of a quote?

I agree with both Andrew and Steve - FB links are so last millenium. Have tried it twice, never will again.

Although I haven't seen a single picture of this book (except the cover kindly republished here), I was also moved by this comment. And I am not American!
The power of photography ?

The old Picasso Museum in Luzern, Switzerland was one of my favourite, understated little galleries / museums. I think it's gone now, assimilated into a larger collection. For me the standout was not the Picassos, which were relatively minor, but the large collection of photos by DDD of life chez Picasso which informed everything. Not sure if there is a photobook. He obviously had the sort of access to the Picasso milieu which you touched on in a previous post

I bought "This is war" when it was reissued in 1990. I spent three tours in Korea, and being into photography it was a no-brainers acquisition.

The technical info is a minimalist dream. Every photo but two was made with a 50mm lens, those two made with a 135mm.

He describes his interactions with the troops and his prior service definitely aided his treatment (they shared food) and (call back) access.

Like the Vietnam vet in the post, I always wondered how many troops from the Korean war book had to look upon friends that didn't return.

It took the Sargent Major a long time to get to the Book. Some of us are a bit younger and still can't/won't get to "The Wall". Yes, it is a memorial but is is a painful one in so many ways. Friends and fellow soldiers names are on it. They are still with us, every day - every hour.

My one DDD book is "Self Portrait USA", the 1968 Presidential conventions.
A very interesting look back at a time not unlike our own of political struggle and polarization.

I remember DDD discovering and championing a NYC photographer who was selling his prints of the city on the street in front of the Time/Life building.

Third memory after clicking on the "At this link" above I found one of my previous comments, I must admit I never did get around to finding the negative of Joseph Koudelka with my Cockatiel on his head, I am pretty sure Ctein would find it of interest.

Mike, I know that you are a reader and I can recommend an excellent non-photobook on the Vietnam War that I am just finishing: Michael Kerr's "Dispatches", about his three years as a journalist imbedded with combat units all over the country, including Khe Sanh and Hue. It came out of in the early '70s but I just got to it recently. His vivid writing attests to his vision and to his sensibilities. I've read many books (fiction and non-fiction alike) on Vietnam over the years and this is one of the best. Well worth a read.

I've also recently came across several series of interviews on YouTube by different organizations and media outlets with U. S. Vietnam veterans. Facinating stuff and extremely enlightening.

Several people have mentioned DDD's autobiography, "Yankee Nomad". Only a few years ago, he published his revised edition, "Photo Nomad".
Highly recommended!

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