The Vietnamese photographer, who's picture of a naked girl running from a napalm explosion shook the world, is the subject of an ABC television documentary to be aired this month.
|The picture shook the world with a strong anti-war message. – VNS |
Nick Ut, an Associated Press (AP) war correspondent won a Pulitzer prize for the photo, taken on June 8, 1972.
An ABC News television crew and AP came to Viet Nam on April to make the documentary on Ut, whose real name is Huynh Cong Ut, to mark 40 years since the event.
Ut was born in 1951 in Viet Nam and worked as a war correspondent for AP from the age of 16.
The documentary recalls the war and the peace and the current lives of the photographer and Kim Phuc, the terrified and horribly scarred nine-year-old girl who ran naked towards the camera.
Forty years have passed but Ut still remembers the moment he witnessed the napalm bomb hit a village in Trang Bang District, in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
The image was almost not printed because of AP's strict policy on naked pictures but when the editors realised the girls clothes were burnt off by napalm flames, they recognised its importance and decided to release it.
The response was immediate and dramatic. All of the world's press clamoured over the photo and its publication added impetus to mounting anti-war campaigns. – VNS