Nick Ut

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Nick Ut
Born Huỳnh Công Út
(1951-03-29) March 29, 1951 (age 63)
Long An, Vietnam
Residence Los Angeles
Nationality Vietnamese
Other names Nick Ut
Citizenship American
Occupation Photojournalism
Notable credit(s) Pulitzer Prize-winner
Children 2
"The Terror of War" by Nick Ut / The Associated Press

Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut (born March 29, 1951), is a photographer for the Associated Press (AP) who works out of Los Angeles. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for "The Terror of War", depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing.[1] In particular, his best-known photo features a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm attack on North Vietnamese invaders at the Trảng Bàng village during the Vietnam War.[2] On the 40th anniversary of that Pulitzer Prize-winning photo in September 2012, Ut became the third person inducted by the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism.[3]

Biography[edit]

Born in Long An, Viet Nam, Ut began to take photographs for the Associated Press when he was 16, just after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, another AP photographer, was killed in Vietnam. Ut himself was wounded three times in the war in his knee, arm, and stomach. Ut has since worked for the Associated Press in Tokyo, South Korea, and Hanoi and still maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now resides in Canada.

Before delivering his film with the Kim Phúc photo, he took her to the hospital. The publication of the photo was delayed due to the AP bureau's debate about transmitting a naked girl's photo over the wire:

Nixon connection[edit]

Audiotapes of then-president Richard Nixon in conversation with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman, show that Nixon doubted the veracity of the photograph, musing whether it may have been "fixed."[5] Following the release of this tape, Ut commented:

Family and later career[edit]

Ut is a United States citizen and is married with two children. He lives in Los Angeles, and remains an AP photographer. His photos of a crying Paris Hilton in the back seat of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's cruiser on June 8, 2007 were published worldwide; however, Ut was photographing Hilton alongside photographer Karl Larsen. Two photographs emerged; the more famous photo of Hilton was credited to Ut despite being Larsen's photo.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spot News Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  2. ^ Lucas, Dean. "Famous Pictures Magazine - Vietnam Napalm Girl". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  3. ^ Leica Portrait: Nick Ut - Leica Hall of Fame Award 2012, Vimeo, http://vimeo.com/49344540
  4. ^ Horst Faas and Marianne Fulton. "How the Picture Reached the World". Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  5. ^ Nixon, The A-Bomb, And Napalm
  6. ^ From program booklet for Humanist Art/Symbolic Sites: An Art Forum for the 21st Century
  7. ^ Photographer Karl Larsen sues ABC over Paris Hilton photo

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