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Tragedy & triumph: The career of photographer Nick Ut

  • Teddy Hans

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15 2019   /  02:26 am
Iconic: Award-winning photojournalist Nick Ut poses in front of his work titled "Terror of War". (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Iconic: Award-winning photojournalist Nick Ut poses in front of his work titled "Terror of War". (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)Nick Ut is widely known for a picture he took when he was 21 years old, but his long and storied career in which he photographed presidents, celebrities and much more spanned almost half a century longer than that.It was early June of 1972 when Nick Ut heard the Viet Cong had locked down a highway near Trang Bang, about 40 kilometers west of Saigon in Vietnam.As a 21-year-old photographer for the Associated Press (AP), Nick did what any good war correspondent would do. He went toward the action, hoping to get a glimpse of something worth documenting. Little did he know, his life would soon change forever.Nick was born in South Vietnam and had been covering the war that was ravaging his home country since he was 16. His older brother, Hu...