Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

Another Vietnam: North Vietnamese Images Show Unseen Side of War

Photographer Douglas Niven made more than 16 trips to Vietnam to look for images made by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong photographers during the Vietnam War. He found thousands of images, many of which had never even been made into prints.

One part of the interview I found interesting, though they didn’t have the picture on the site:


One really classic picture shows soldiers pretending to fire at wooden model enemy airplanes strung along a wire. When we see images like this, we can readily identify them as propaganda, but they’re also interesting from a documentary perspective. The purpose of that image was to show the Vietnamese people that with World War II rifles it is possible to shoot down American warplanes if they used the proper technique of shooting in front of the plane’s path. In fact, they did shoot down some American planes and helicopters with World War II carbines, and they used this same technique to shoot down even more planes once they had bigger guns. So this picture illustrates a home-grown technique that, in the end, was very useful to them.

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Lartigue en Hiver

Lots of book stuff lately.
Anyway, today at lunch, I went to the Shimada Yosho Foreign Book Sale that I mentioned and picked up Lartigue en Hiver.
My friend Ed Pollack first introduced me to Lartigue’s work about ten years ago, when he showed me a copy of Lartigue’s “The Family Album”, which was done in the style of a turn of the century family album. It struck me as a strange work at the time – the photos were tipped in, much the way you might paste photos into an album yourself. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these turn of the century images, many of which are quite famous now, were all but unknown until the book’s publication in 1966.
As a teenager, Lartigue took candid photos of his family, their friends and the things that they did and saw.
His photos of auto races, like the one below, are pretty much unparalleled in their depiction of the speed and excitement of the race.
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Car Trip, Papa at 80 kilometers an hour – 1913
His society pictures are remarkable:
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Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris – 1911

A short biography of Lartigue from www.lartigue.com appears below:

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