Horst Faas, War Photography
Earlier this month, Pulitzer prize winning conflict photographer Horst Faas passed away.
The German is best known for his Vietnam War photography with over a decade spent with the AP in Southeast Asia, and was responsible for publishing iconic work by his colleagues.
These include the “Napalm Girl” photograph by Nick Ut of then nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc running naked from a US bombing attack; and “Saigon Execution” by Eddie Adams of a prisoner being executed in the street by police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan.
Faas’ first Pulitzer in 1965 came for his Vietnam War coverage. He won his second in 1972 for his conflict coverage in Bangladesh.
Faas died from complications due to an infection he contracted during a 2005 correspondents’ reunion in Hanoi that eventually paralyzed him from the waist down.
Images via Der Spiegel:
- Top left: South Vietnamese troops and their US advisers wait for a Viet Cong attack. (1965)
- Top right: South Vietnamese children stare at an American paratrooper holding an M79 grenade launcher. (1966>
- Middle: Horst Faas
- Bottom left: A South Vietnamese woman mourns over the remains of husband after he was found in a mass grave. (1969)
- Bottom right: A man walks past the bodies of US and Vietnamese soldiers killed while fighting the Viet Cong at the Michelin rubber plantation (1965).
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