Thursday 26 September 2013

Nick's Nikon Snaps Napalm Bomb

War photographer Nick Ut captured the most famous picture of the Vietnam War, 'The Girl in the Picture", a girl running from her village after being hit by a napalm bomb which burned the clothes right off her body (see my post "The Girl in the Picture" at  Here are ten photos by Nick Ut which brought the war into American living rooms and the American conscience.

1.  The Girl in the Picture

This picture Kim Phuc running away from her bombed village when she was just nine is now instantly recognisable and seen as a defining image of the Vietnam war

2.  Nipa Palm Grove

Spending so much time with members of the military he also got time to picture them having fun. Here he pictured youthful civil defence militiamen leap into the flooded Nipa Palm grove near Saigon on April 6, 1969

3.  U.S. helicopter picks up Vietnamese Marines

Vietnamese Marines rush to the point where a descending U.S. Army helicopter will pick them up after a sweep east of the Cambodian town of Prey-Veng in June 1970

4.  Napalm bomb detonates

Huynh Cong 'Nick' Ut took this picture just moments before capturing his iconic image. It shows bombs with a mixture of napalm and white phosphorus jelly and reveals that he moved closer to the village following the blasts

5.  Cambodian soldier smiles for camera

Not all his images are full of death and destruction. This one taken on September 20 1970 shows a Cambodian soldier smiling at the camera while on operations in Vietnam

6.  South Vietnamese tank

Trees are ravaged in the background to this picture of a South Vietnamese tank crew as the soldiers inside abandon it after being hit by B40 rockets and automatic weapons two miles north of Svay Rieng in eastern Cambodia

7.  South Vietnamese cross Mekong River

A line of South Vietnamese marines moves across a shallow branch of the Mekong River during an operation near Neak Luong Cambodia, on August 20, 1970

8.  Kim Phuc's aunt flees with baby

9.  Fleeing the bombs

10.  Nick Ut on assignment

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