In Vietnam we looked like this…

February 27, 2008

Googling around for a picture of Sydney Schanberg for the previous post I discover this interesting wee site consisting of polaroid portraits of foreign correspondents and others who passed through the AP bureau in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Neal Ulevich has compiled the images here including the one above of Frontline Club regular Philip Jones-Griffiths taken in Phnom Penh in 1975 when he was an agency snapper with Magnum,

“During the Vietnam War the AP bureau in Saigon was a crossroads of sorts. Correspondents and photographers, the military, relief workers, political figures, adventurers, all streamed through. While in Saigon I made Polaroid portraits of many people who walked in. By war’s end there were hundred of pictures. Some subjects nervously asked me if I was making obituary photos. The answer was no. Only a few did not survive the war.” – Neal Ulevich link