Associated Press photojournalist who captured true horror of the Vietnam War
Horst Faas, German combat photographer from the Associated Press, who died aged 79, was the most important of all those who covered the Vietnam War, the crucible of modern photojournalism. It was not simply because of their images, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965. They have documented the effects of war on humanity: families huddled in fear in the middle of the fight against the soldiers, the bereaved who are already dead, a father in front of the Vietnamese soldiers on the body of his son, the face of an American soldier looks emptily into the camera, his helmet decorated with the words: "War is hell." Put Faas was simple: "You can shoot, but you can capture the real fear. "
Beyond his own work, played a crucial role as COO AP Photo, recruitment and mentoring of other photographers, which became known as "Horst army." Vietnam could have been put in classrooms war through television, but with the new equipment had to be developed, with the voice edited and translated for television.
most immediate pictures of war, and were still the most memorable pictures, and those who have the greatest impact came from the AP, he distributed to newspapers around the world. Faas has insisted on sending a picture of Eddie Adams leads the police chief of Saigon executing a suspected Viet Cong officer on the street near the office of the PA, knowing the power of photography to overcome the problems of good taste. He also fought to publish Nick Ut shot of a naked girl fleeing napalm of its villages, over the objections of publishers offended by her nakedness. Faas had hired his brother, Huynh Thanh My Ut, told the AP, I died in battle in 1965
With a network of intelligence described as the second Viet Cong, Faas has an uncanny ability to anticipate the action would be, and a courage that impressed even the U.S. General William Westmoreland. In the words of the correspondent of The New York Times David Halberstam, who shared a house with Faas, Westmoreland "Horst loved: the unknown brave young man who seemed to be all the time in the field and whose photos are not particularly political"
Faas to run on the war could have been the result of growing up with her. Born in Berlin, and remembers seeing the air attacks on the city. His parents fled the Russians arrived in 1945, ending in Munich, where he perfected his English as a teenage drummer with a jazz band of black American soldiers.
In 1951 he took a job with the darkroom Keystone photo agency as an employee, was known throughout his career as an editor to maintain strict control over the inventory of the film developed. He covered the Vietnam peace talks in Geneva in 1954 before joining the AP in 1956, where his career started in the fighting in Congo. Then focused on the rebellion in Algeria, before being posted to Vietnam in 1962, arriving the same day as New Zealand-born journalist AP Peter Arnett, who said in 1967 "Horst was brave enough in the field battle. " , Faas was wounded by a grenade during a firefight near Bu Dop. He told the doctor that saved his leg that was "so gray, I thought you were a failure." He was confined to officers for a period and became a street photographer of AP in Asia, based in Singapore.what is going to do," said Faas. "You are the man on the ground ... do not let someone hundreds of miles to decide for you. Tell me where you go and remember when you have the photos ready. And stay safe."
He is survived by his wife, Ursula, and her daughter, Clara.
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