Photographer's Eye: Nick Ut @ Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles [16 August]

Photographer's Eye: Nick Ut

12:15 - 13:15

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Los Angeles Public Library
630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California 90071
Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist NICK UT will talk about his incredible career. Nick was born as Huỳnh Công Út in Long An, Vietnam, in 1951. In 1966, he joined the Associated Press (AP) in Vietnam, after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, also an AP photographer, was killed in combat. There were many close calls for Nick while covering the war in Vietnam. When the Americans and South Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1970, he was wounded three times. The highlight of Ut’s career came on June 8, 1972, when he photographed Kim Phuc running and screaming after her village had been bombed with Napalm by South Vietnamese planes. Immediately after making the photo, he rushed the girl to a hospital, which saved her life. The image won the World Press Photo award, Pulitzer Prize, George Polk Memorial Award, and Overseas Press Club award in 1973. Ut is now a US citizen and lives in Los Angeles. He recently retired from AP and is still in touch with Kim Phuc, now living in Canada. On the 40th anniversary of that photo in September 2012, Ut became the third person inducted by the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism.
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