Requiem

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The book Requiem is a deeply moving tribute to the photographers who died or disappeared in the Indochina wars. They are portrayed by their pictures and by articles of their colleagues and friends.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The editors Horst Faas and Tim Page are accomplished and highly regarded professional photo journalists who survived this war and are deeply involved in the fate of some of their colleagues. Tim Page tried to clarify the fate of Sean Flynn and Dana Stone who disappeared in Cambodia and Horst Faas was involved in identifying the remains of Larry Burrows, Henri Huet… on the crash site of their Helicopter in Laos. This deep involvement is clearly palpable and makes this book so moving. They made huge efforts to be complete and include biographies and photos of all photographers who became victims of this war. After huge efforts on their side the Vietnamese government gave the biographies the photographers accompanying the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong who vanished in this war. These photographers were professional soldiers involved in propaganda and psychological warfare.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

The French army had similar military photographers and film makers. For example Piere Schoendoerffer took part as camera man and contributed a tribute to his colleague Jean Peraud to this book.
On the American side the army journalists never were a match for the independent press.

These 135 photographers left a huge collection of marvellous pictures which are shown in this book. As expected in a photo book about war there are true horrors depicted and many pictures are very tough and disturbing to watch. Some of them give me nightmares.
Other pictures however are deeply sensitive and human. The works of Larry Burrows and Henri Huet contain beautiful examples. The empathic quality combined with true artistic sense of composition inspired me and draw me to photography years ago.

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

Requiem – edited by T. Page and H. Faas

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