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I discovered yesterday a local Magnum Photographer!

richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sun 27-Jan-13 03:42 PM

I live in a North Wales village and the next village, Rhuddlan, was home to Philip Jones Griffiths a Magnum photographer renowned for his work in the Vietnam war, Malaya and the Irish troubles also of the Beatles. Refused admission to the US in the 1970's by Richard Nixon for his portrayal of the war. I didn't even know who this man was, of which I am now ashamed.

Interestingly, his image of GI's showing compassion to a wounded Vietcong soldier was used in a scene of Apocalypse Now. His family were upset at his portrayal in the film as that of a blase photographer, when he was in fact a shy retiring man.

His life history was presented by a school friend of Phillip Griffiths who is promoting his life in a series of photographic lectures. He died in 2008.

See more here: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL535HON

I just thought this may be of interest, although I'm sure many have heard of him.

Richard

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KnightPhoto

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Thu 14-Feb-13 01:15 AM

Very interesting images. It seems like Vietnam was another lifetime ago!

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JBS101

Canberra, AU
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JBS101 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009
Thu 14-Feb-13 06:18 AM

Thank you for posting the link. Griffith shot some interesting stuff. As Steve said, Vietnam was a long time ago, but the after effects are still very much with us.

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Sportymonk

Rocky Mount, US
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Sportymonk Registered since 16th Jul 2007
Sun 03-Mar-13 03:23 AM

Good read and images. Thanks

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OldCodger

Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire, UK
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OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011
Sun 03-Mar-13 01:26 PM

I often used to visit Washington DC in the 1980s and many of the homeless people round one of the metro stations were said to be ex Vietnam veteran soldiers, (was the station Foggy Bottom?). The time was the start of the Aids problem and I often think back and wonder how many of those people made it this far. Not a lot I guess.
Truly, there were a lot of still in progress after effects.
Richard

richardd300

Dyserth, UK
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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sun 03-Mar-13 01:58 PM

and as much of the world moves once again towards poverty and war, the saying "what goes around, comes around" comes to mind sadly.

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