Nick Ut Recalls Memories Of The Vietnamese Guerrilla War
Recently, Nick Ut, veteran War photojournalist opened up about his experiences during the horrific Vietnamese war that took place between 1955 and 1975. He reiterated the incidents as if they transpired yesterday. The 67 year old photojournalist became a global sensation when he clicked an iconic picture of a naked girl running for her life after her village was napalmed in 1972. This very picture became the face of the Vietnamese War and made a huge contribution in gradually de-escalating the war.
Talking to Hyderabad Times, Nic remembers, “During the Vietnam War, rotting dead bodies on the roads and in paddy fields were are common sight, but I didn’t click them. Instead, I focused on clicking picture that will end the war for my countrymen”. He also confessed that he wants to be remembered as a person who went to war without guns.
Remembering the incident, nick said that he was in a fix whether to the naked girl’s picture or not. He thought that the image may not go down well amongst the conservatives. This was evident from the fact that even the then president ‘Richard Nixon’, declared it as fake. But thanks to his colleagues and fellow photojournalists who bore witness to the picture. Eventually, the photo became so popular that it won him the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and the world press photo of the year 1973.
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