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Schewe

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An interesting look from the other side. (from a 2002 book so, not new but new to me)


1965-1975 Another Vietnam Unseen images of the war from the winning side

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For much of the world, the visual history of the Vietnam War has been defined by a handful of iconic photographs: Eddie Adams’ image of a Viet Cong fighter being executed, Nick Ut’s picture of nine-year-old Kim Phúc fleeing a napalm strike, Malcolm Browne’s photo of Thích Quang Duc self-immolating in a Saigon intersection.

Many famous images of the war were taken by Western photographers and news agencies, working alongside American or South Vietnamese troops.

But the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had hundreds of photographers of their own, who documented every facet of the war under the most dangerous conditions.

Almost all were self-taught, and worked for the Vietnam News Agency, the National Liberation Front, the North Vietnamese Army or various newspapers. Many sent in their film anonymously or under a nom de guerre, viewing themselves as a humble part of a larger struggle.

We had to be extremely careful because we had limited amounts of film that had been distributed to us by our paper. For us, one photo was like a bullet.
–NGUYEN DINH UU

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Thanks, Jeff. Another worthwhile collection saved from oblivion. I saw plenty of this from the other side. It's interesting to see these shots from their side.

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Very interesting collection of images. Thanks for sharing!
I also enjoyed a "related" story I couldn't help but click on at that site of the WWII Polish Ghetto Photographer. Powerful.
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Thanks for sharing that, Jeff. It's an excellent document of that era.
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. . . I saw plenty of this from the other side. It's interesting to see these shots from their side.

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These images are fascinating and surreal, to me.  Having been a recon photographer on the other end of this (66-67), my perspective is somewhat different as you might imagine.  The whole mess represents mankind doing what he does so well. 

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Thanks for posting this link.  Interesting photographs that I have not seen before.

An operating room in a mangrove swamp.  Yikes.  I guess you gotta do what you gotta do where you are.
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A wonderful collection; some very high quality images, given their origin and less-than-ideal conditions for processing.

It's funny how we so often repeat Churchill's quote, "History is written by the victors", yet, in the case of Vietnam, we in the West are overwhelmed by the shear volume of material from the losing side. That alone makes this collection extremely important.

Thanks for sharing.
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