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Veteran, wartime photographer Mai Nam dies

Update: January, 08/2016 - 16:54
Photo Di Truc Chien (Guarding the Battlefield) was one of the most famous photos featuring the American War by photographer Mai Nam. — File Photos

HA NOI (VNS) — Veteran photographer and journalist Mai Nam, who took hundreds of photos of President Ho Chi Minh and the American War, died on Thursday at the age of 85.

Born as Nguyen Huu Thong in 1931 in the northern province of Bac Ninh, he joined the revolution against the French at the age of 14. In 1949, he worked as a youth union staff member at the Viet Bac Revolutionary Base, where he first picked up a camera. He then worked as a journalist at Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.

During the American War, he worked as a war journalist for the newspaper and captured many fierce clashes on the battlefield, including the central province of Quang Tri. His famed photos, including Di Truc Chien (Guarding the Battlefield) and Du Kich (Guerillas) were taken during this time.

During the 1960s, he was assigned to take photos of President Ho Chi Minh. He left behind a collection of nearly 200 photos of the president.

Mai Nam was awarded the Honorary Member of Viet Nam Association of Photographic Artist and Especial Artist of Viet Nam Association of Photographic Artist. His collection of three photos featuring Vietnamese soldiers during the American War, namely Canh Giac (High Alert), Chay Dau Cho Thoat (No Escape) and Di Truc Chien (Guarding the Battlefield), was awarded the State Prize in Literature and Arts in 2007.

Photographer Mai Nam.

His funeral will take place at the Funeral House of Thanh Nhan Hospital on Sunday. — VNS

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