Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in the Vietnam and Indochina War

Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in the Vietnam and Indochina War

by Tim Page
     
 

Between the height of the French Indochina War in the fifties and the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975, 135 photographers from all sides of the conflict are recorded as missing or having been killed. This book is a memorial to those men and women, and in many cases it includes the last photographs they took.
    

Horst Faas and Tim Page,

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Between the height of the French Indochina War in the fifties and the fall of Phnom Penh and Saigon in 1975, 135 photographers from all sides of the conflict are recorded as missing or having been killed. This book is a memorial to those men and women, and in many cases it includes the last photographs they took.
    

Horst Faas and Tim Page, two photographers who worked and were wounded in Vietnam, have gathered many thousands of pictures by those who were killed. Their search has taken them through the archives in Hanoi as well as those of Western agencies. In some cases families have generously provided access to private files where unknown bodies of work have lain unseen for more than forty years.
    

The list of the dead includes some of the greatest photographers of the century, such as Robert Capa and Larry Burrows, and some who had been working in Vietnam for only a matter of days before their deaths. A number of the Cambodian photographers working for the Western press were executed. Other photographers, like Sean Flynn and Dana Stone, disappeared. Their loss inspired Tim Page to begin this memorial.
    

The resulting sequence of photographs follows the course of the war and the transformation of the serene landscapes of Cambodia and Vietnam into scenes of nightmarish devastation. At the moments of intense battle one is reminded not only of the courage of the photographers but of the compassion amid the brutality of war. These photographers were intimate with war to a degree that may well be denied future generations. That intimacy led to their deaths. Their photographs are their legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAA photographic essay that takes readers on an emotional journey into the wars in Indochina, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Divided into five sections, the book begins with the early notions of the wars, continues through the escalation, and ends with the final days of the conflicts. Essays are included on some of the photographers, providing readers with a glimpse into the lives of these brave men and women. The photographers' accounts of the fighting provided to various news wires are also included, but the photographs are so poignant and moving that they virtually tell the stories on their own. For example, one full-page, full-color photograph depicts a close-up of a marine walking in a chest-high rice patty. The caption states he died just 12 days later. One looks at pages of one photographer's work, only to turn to a picture of her dead body after she was killed by shrapnel. It is this grim and stark reality that makes this book so powerful. Through a camera, teens are given a realistic, unromanticized look at war. A heartrending tribute to the men and women who lost their lives taking these pictures. Stacey M. Keeley, Sherwood Regional Library, Fairfax, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679456575
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.78(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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