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AP's napalm girl photo turns 40

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by nietsroob17, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. nietsroob17

    nietsroob17 Well-Known Member


    I am familiar with the photo, but I never knew the backstory behind it all. And I'm sure I've used a handful of Nick Ut's photos, but I never knew his history either.

    I'm so glad things worked out so well for the girl.
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Re: AP's napalm girl turns 40

    Well, the photo is turning 40. The woman would be about 49.
  3. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    This photo is part of the trifecta of most famous Vietnam War images along with the monk photo by Malcolm Browne and the Saigon execution photo by Eddie Adams.
  4. SoCalScribe

    SoCalScribe Member

    Such an incredible image. The photog really needs to be recognized for his role in preserving the girl's life.
  5. I remember all three of those photos vividly. I'm sure like many others, I thought the girl had died of her injuries. It's good to see that because of the photo, her life was saved and she has recovered physically and spiritually.
  6. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    and Gen. William Westmoreland's response to the photo showed just how classy he could be
  7. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    Sheesh, what an awful quote. I had never heard that before.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Good thing he didn't shoot that photo recently, he might be questioned about child porn on orders of some politicians.

  9. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Nick has been a photographer with AP based in L.A. for years. You'll see his images from Lakers games move once in a while.
    His iconic imagery of Napalm Girl still stings a generation, and has come to define -- at least in part -- an entire war.
    And it couldn't have come from a more humble, good man.
    Ever want to talk photography, if you're 16 or 96, a hack or Ansel Adams, Nick would treat you the same.
    He deserves every ounce of recognition sent his way.
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