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Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

by Tim Page
     
 
Often described as the first "television war," the Vietnam conflict was defined -- and shaped -- by cameras and the bold, gifted photographers behind them. Our memories of Vietnam are literally graphic -- a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire, a war-weary grunt with a thousand-yard stare, a napalmed child fleeing her flaming village, desperate refugees clinging to

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Often described as the first "television war," the Vietnam conflict was defined -- and shaped -- by cameras and the bold, gifted photographers behind them. Our memories of Vietnam are literally graphic -- a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire, a war-weary grunt with a thousand-yard stare, a napalmed child fleeing her flaming village, desperate refugees clinging to the skids of the last helicopter out of Saigon. These and a hundred other images are seared into our consciousness -- but a very different viewpoint appears in this vision of three decades of war in Vietnam.

Another Vietnam presents the view of the North Vietnamese combat photographers who documented their people's 30-year struggle, first against the French and then against the Americans. Intended above all to inspire, their pictures portray a society committed to victory at all costs, but they are much more than mere propaganda: They show us courage, drama, resolve, and -- often -- a violent beauty.

Picture editor Doug Niven sought out surviving photographers and discovered a treasure trove of images created under the harshest of conditions and preserved for a quarter century against all odds. Author Tim Page, who photographed the Vietnam war for the Western press, met the men who were his opposite numbers and listened to their stories. Where Western photographers had the most modern equipment and facilities, the Vietnamese worked with cumbersome cameras, some dating back to the 1930s. Each roll of film was precious, so scarce that one cameraman shot only 70 pictures in the course of the entire war. Using home-brewed chemicals, they developed their pictures in the open air or in underground tunnels, under constant threat of B-52 strikes. And in their recollections as much as, in their photographs, we see a war utterly unlike the one we thought we knew.

North Vietnamese regulars charge into action and weary guerrillas manhandle bicycles for hundreds of miles down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Women and children clear rubble in the ruins of Hanoi, and men learn to shoot down helicopters with single-shot rifles. Another Vietnam is dramatic testimony to the resourcefulness and resolve of a handful of gifted photographers who took what little they had to work with and turned it into art.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Few aspects of the American war in Vietnam have escaped close inspection in this country. So it is startling to see a large, coffee-table book filled with 180 black and white images of that war that have never before been published on these shores. Taken by North Vietnamese photographers, the pictures are a mixture of staged, unabashed propaganda ("I wanted my pictures to be a weapon," says photographer Mai Nam, a longtime Vietnamese Communist Party member) and evocative insights into the way the war appeared from the other side, as when National Liberation Front political leader Ut Mot is shown in an austere underground bunker, light streaming in from a tiny skylight, looking pensive and determined. Accomplished British journalist Page provides running commentary on the war, and the photographers' experiences and reminiscences, particularly those who worked with the Vietcong guerrillas in the South. The book lives up to its billing as a piece of work that will help Americans more fully understand the nation's longest and most controversial overseas war. However, the many photos of smiling North Vietnamese and Vietcong and of captured, wounded and dead South Vietnamese and Americans surely will not warm the hearts of unreconstructed hawks. (Jan.) Forecast: An exhibit featuring more than 150 photos from the book will be held at New York City's International Center of Photography, January-March, and a documentary featuring Page's interviews will air on National Geographic Explorer on MSNBC in January. The book will appeal to the curious and the completist, but may not cross over to greater boomer-based sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Daugherty, a military historian and former editor of the Marine Corps Gazette, and Mattson (The Campaigns of World War II: The Pacific War) open their discussion of the Vietnam conflict with a chapter on its origins at the beginning of World War II. The next ten chapters then deal year by year with America's ten-year formal involvement in Vietnam, considering the tactics used and the implications on the home front. Hundreds of photographs and illustrations complement each chapter, but while this is essentially a photographic history, the authors have written an excellent narrative of America's longest conflict. The result sets the standard for illustrated histories of the Vietnam War. Recommended for all libraries. Page, a veteran photographer with UPI who was wounded several times in Vietnam, is the author of several books on the conflict there, including Tim Page's Nam. His current effort is not a history but instead presents the work of North Vietnamese photographers. The images included here were often used for propaganda purposes, so the reader must look for the real story. A narrative accompanying each photograph gives background on the photographer. Since the North Vietnamese photographers often worked under primitive conditions, most of the photographs are black and white. Still, the book breaks new ground by presenting the images (most never before published) of a former antagonist. This book will interest subject specialists but will have limited appeal in public libraries. Mark Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792264651
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 11.22(h) x 1.04(d)

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