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May 10, 2018
A Ladies' Night
Well-known Pulizer Prize Winning Photographer
From Hell to Hollywood
Interview by Mark Edward Harris
Photojournalist Nick Ut, an AP staffer for 50 years, received the 2016 Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Los Angeles Press Club
World Press Photo:
There were many close calls for Nick Ut while covering the war in Vietnam. When the Americans and South Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1970, he was wounded three times: in his stomach, his left leg and in his chest
“The horror of the Vietnam War recorded by me did not have to be fixed.” – Nick Ut TIME
He captured the horror of the Vietnam War in a single, Pulitzer Prize–winning frame of a young girl fleeing her village after being torched by napalm dropped by a South Vietnamese Air Force Skyraider
September 2012, Ut became the third person inducted by the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism
'Napalm Girl' Photographer Nick Ut, 51 Years in Photojournalism
Nick Ut Biography
Huynh Cong Ut was born in Long An, Vietnam (then part of French Indochina) on March 29, 1951. Soon after his beloved brother Huynh Thanh My was killed covering the Vietnam War for Associated Press (AP) in 1965, Ut jointed the prestigious news gathering agency.
Known professionally as Nick Ut, he covered the war in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. He won both the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the World Press Photo of the Year for his June 8, 1972 photo "The Terror of War," depicting children fleeing from a napalm bombing on their village of Trang Bang. Kim Phuc, the naked 9-year-old girl in the photograph became the face of all that was wrong with the war. Ut took her and several other wounded children to a hospital. If not for his actions, Kim would have died. They remain friends to this day. Ut himself was wounded three times during the war.
In 1975 as Saigon was about to fall to North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, Ut left Vietnam, eventually being relocated in Japan for Associated Press. Two years later he was transferred to Los Angeles where he continued to work for AP. During that time he covered wild fires, riots, earthquakes, the O.J. Simpson case, Hollywood celebrities, the Olympics and the Pope’s visit to the City of Angels.
In 2012, on the 40th anniversary of his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, Ut became the third person inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism.
On March 29, 2017, he retired from AP after 51 years with the company, allowing himself to refocus his energies on his love of documenting cultures and the natural world, creating his own assignments and distributing his work through Getty Images. He continues to teach workshops, do speaking engagements and have his work featured in exhibitions.
Mark Edward Harris’assignments have taken him to 98 countries on six continents. Hiseditorial work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair,Life, Time, GEO, Conde Nast Traveler, AFAR, Wallpaper, Casa Vogue, GQ Thailand, Money Magazine, Architectural Digest, TheLos Angeles Times Magazine, and The London Sunday Times Travel Magazine as well as all the major photography and in-flight magazines.
His commercial clients range from The Gap to Coca-Cola. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a CLIO, ACE, Aurora Gold, and Photographer of the Year at the Black & White Spider Awards.
His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, and Inside Iran. North Korea was named Photography Book of the Year at the International Photography Awards. Mark’s latest book, The Travel Photo Essay was released by Focal Press this year.