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Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side
by Lia Chang

On April 30, 1975, the fall of Saigon marked the end of a decade of fighting in Vietnam. As the first war watched on TV and the most photographed conflict in history, iconic images like Nick Ut's photo of the girl fleeing napalm, Ron Haberle's grisly images of the massacre at My Lai, and Eddie Adamsí horrifying image of a streetside execution are imbedded in our memory banks.

Twenty-six years later, the first exhibition of photographs of the Vietnam War, as seen through the lens of North Vietnamese photographers premiered at the International Center of Photography in New York on Jan. 11, 2002 and also went on display at National Geographic's museum, in Washington D.C.

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Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side, co-organized by the ICP and National Geographic, contains over 113 black-and-white haunting, yet evocative images that documented many intimate details of the North Vietnamese experience of the war.

Risking their lives to capture their country's struggle, nine out of 10 of these self-taught photojournalists died from bullets, bombs, dysentery and malaria. The extraordinary measures which photographers like Vo Ahn Khanh, who lugged a bulky Kodak press camera through the thick jungles of the Mekong Delta, took to develop their pictures included mixing photo chemicals in teacups and developing film in mountain streams with the night sky as their darkroom. Another photographer made a single roll of film-70 shots-last the entire war.

Pictures of battle and daily life from the other side as well as compelling interviews with the surviving soldier-photographers, who considered their work as powerful as a gun and viewed their photos as weapons used to win the war, are featured in the TV documentary by National Geographic and the comprehensive book by British combat photographer Tim Page which accompanied the exhibition.

Related Links

International Center of Photography Exhibition Website

National Geographic Feature


AsianConnections Arts and Entertainment Editor Lia Chang is an accomplished stage, screen and TV actress, fashion and art photographer and writer based in New York City. To contact Lia, please write

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