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Larry Burrows: Vietnam Hardcover – October 22, 2002
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*Starred Review* Burrows was the only photographer allowed to take the doors off a fighter-bomber so he could lean out to snap some of his most extraordinary images of the Vietnam War. When other photojournalists objected because they were denied the same favor, the Vietnamese army told them, "Mr. Burrows's request was granted not because he is a photographer but because he is an artist." To page slowly and inevitably gravely through Burrows' Vietnam work is to agree wholeheartedly: he was an artist. In Vietnam from 1962 until he disappeared in February 1971 (surely killed when the helicopter he was in crashed, though definitive remains haven't been found), the Life staff photographer regarded the war as his greatest professional opportunity. His assignment to create photo-essays necessitated staying at the front longer than daily news lensers could; they needed good single images, while he crafted series. Storytelling was his forte, as his younger Vietnam colleague David Halberstam maintains in his awed introduction, and he had a master craftsman's gift for deciding whether a photo would look best in black and white or color. The most powerful work here is in black and white. "One Ride with Yankee Papa 13," which follows a 21-year-old helicopter gunner's first encounter with heavy enemy fire, can't be scanned without being overwhelmed by pity and terror; it may be the greatest photo-essay ever made. Ray Olson
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In the heat of battle, in the devastated countryside, among troops and civilians equally hurt by the
savagery of war, Larry Burrows photographed the conflict in Vietnam from 1962, the earliest days of American involvement, until 1971, when he died in a helicopter shot down on the Vietnam?Laos border. His images, published in Life magazine, brought the war home, scorching the consciousness of the public and inspiring much of the anti-war sentiment that convulsed American society in the 1960s.
To see these photo essays today, gathered in one volume and augmented by unpublished images from the Burrows archive, is to experience (or to relive), with extraordinary immediacy, both the war itself and the effect and range of Larry Burrows?s gifts?his courage: to shoot ?The Air War,? he strapped himself and his camera to the open doorway of a plane . . . his reporter?s instinct: accompanying the mission of the helicopter Yankee Papa 13, he captured the transformation of a young marine crew chief experiencing the death of fellow marines . . . and his compassion: in ?Operation Prairie? and ?A Degree of Disillusion? he published profoundly affecting images of exhausted, bloodied troops and maimed Vietnamese children, both wounded, physically and psychologically, by the ever-escalating war.
The photographs Larry Burrows took in Vietnam, magnificently reproduced in this volume, are brutal, poignant, and utterly truthful, a stunning example of photojournalism that recorded history and achieved the level of great art. Indeed, in retrospect, says David Halberstam in his moving introduction, ?Larry Burrows was as much historian as photographer and artist. Because of his work, generations born long after he died will be able to witness and understand and feel the terrible events he recorded. This book is his last testament.?
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Almost as tragic was the fact that for over 30 years, the images of this great photographer were obscure and nearly inaccessible: a retrospective ('Larry Burrows: Compassionate Photographer') was published shortly after his death, but second-hand copies of it are few, difficult to find, and expensive. A selection of his photographs was included in Horst Faas and Tim Page's 'Requiem', but otherwise no volume of Burrows' work has existed until now.
This book is an excellent and extensive collection of Larry Burrows' Vietnam War images, from his first reportage in 1962 (when the American presence was a small number of 'advisers') to shortly before his death in 1971 at the height of the war. It draws not only from his many published essays in Life, but also from the archive of his unpublished (and hence never-before-seen) works as well.
In short, it's a thorough, well-done book, the sort of treatment that Burrows' photographs have long deserved. Much more than a mere coffee-table book, it's the testament of one of history's great photojournalists.
He often spoke of Mr. Burrows courage and wondered what became of the pictures.
Imagine our surprise when the book came out and my husbands picture is on the cover. That picture was also choosen to represent the Marines during the Viet Nam War. It is the gallery of the new Marine Museum at Quantico, Va.
This book brought back many memories to my husband. If you were in Viet Nam you will appreciate the reality of these pictures.
This book is from one of the bravest and most driven men that I have ever met-- and he inspired me to follow my dream of becoming a photo pro. He had been kissing his wife goodbye in Hong Kong since the start of the insanity and said to me over a warm beer that he hoped he'd live to see the day when he'd cover the closing ceremonies when the war ended. He went down in Laos in a Vietnamese helicopter long before that day came.
His body of work that we are left with is nothing less then perfection but to him they were just his "Normal images", some of which he liked better then others. (He saw himself as a storyteller.)I see them as cutting through the clutter of information overload that is our daily challange and the photographs remain the icons of the era. The sensitivity and empathy that was his 'eye' and style allowed his cameras to give us stories that are nothing less then high art. This was evident even to hard boiled Marine Generals who allowed him access to places that no other media person was ever shown. He instilled trust that was all. His total mastery of the technical limitations of his 35mm boxes made them an extension of his brain. Watching how he held these beautifuly made, but combat hardened, Leicas was a major learning experience for a wanna be Life photog like me. He was very generous with his knowledge of the camera retail shops in Hong Kong. He gave me the name of the manager of his favorite store and how to get the best prices out of him. (I got wounded before I could use the information.) All in all, Larry Burrows left an impression on this soldier of being a throughly nice person. He may have been an icon to the staff at Life and his gaggle of admirers but he treated everyone that he came in contact with as equals. I knew that he would never make it out of Vietnam alive and was saddened to hear of his death 3 years after my short encounter with him. I since have bought every book that has even a mentionn of him. Rest in peace, Larry. Your images will live for ever.
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Just a fine book, stirring and emotionally compelling.