May 11, 2012

Shooting Vietnam

Horst Faas won a Pulitzer for combat shots in Vietnam. Later an RPG wound confined him to the AP bureau in Saigon where he added a second legend to name, as a trainer, teacher,  editor.

He was also famous in our profession for handing out Nikon Fs like candy, one to virtually every would-be war free lancer who stumbled into his Saigon office. The camera came with unlimited Tri-X  and one instruction: Come back with good pictures.

Personally, Mr. Faas carried a Leica.

He died yesterday at 79. RIP to a consummate professional.

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