Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press (Anglais) Relié – 1 octobre 2013
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Dommage qu'on connaisse déjà la plupart des clichés. Bref, un bel ouvrage pour se rappeler ce qu'était ce conflit
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But after gathering myself and reopening these pages, I feel tearful sorrow.
The photos - some searingly graphic, such as the bodies of North Vietnamese dragged to a site for mass burial, others heart rending, including a woman who has just discovered the body of her husband - are grouped into seven chronological chapters, an introduction by Pete Hamill, and an Epilogue. Tet gets its own chapter.
Some of the photos of the action, particularly skies filled with menacing choppers, are mind boggling. One photo shows a line of choppers laying machine gun fire into woods surrounding a landing site. Another shows choppers on the ground to the horizon with waves more arriving.
There's a sense of hopelessness to US soldiers in the jungle, often waiting for a medivac, sometimes standing beside a wounded comrade, sometimes next to a body bag.
Mostly, there is great suffering.
This is a book I will keep at hand.
"Vietnam: The Real War" is a photographic history of the conflict. Most of the photos come from AP's archive but when necessary the editors have included photos from non-AP sources. The text lightly covers the history of the war. Its real strength is telling the stories of the AP photographers and journalists. These are the stories of the intrepid journalists who brought the war to the world's newspapers and magazines.
The "Golden Age" of photographic journalism is often seen as having taken place during the Spanish Civil War and Second World War. A whole cottage industry has arisen to chronicle the works of the great Magnum photographers, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodgers. The photographic history of the Korean and Vietnam wars have never generated the same interest among historians and authors. Perhaps this is because of our nation's more troubled relationship with these conflicts. Neither the Korean nor the Vietnam War were ever considered "Good Wars" fought by a "Greatest Generation."
It is unfortunate that the great photojournalists of the Vietnam War never received the recognition they were due. "Vietnam: The Read War" is a collection of extraordinary photographs that move way beyond merely documenting the horrors of war. There are beautifully composed images that leave the world of illustration and enter the realm of fine art. Those images say as much about the insanity of war as any work by Goya. This is a great book that will be enjoyed by people interested in both history and photography. Highly recommended!
I was irritated with one pic. On pg 250 the caption refers to soldiers giving a "V" sign, those soldiers are giving the peace sign. The soldier with both fists in the air is a black soldier and he is giving the black power sign. With that off my chest I would highly recommend this hard cover book. Brought back some "fond" memories.
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