Viet Nam News
HCM CITY— Photos of the anti-American war by the late photojournalist Lâm Tấn Tài, first general chairman of the Việt Nam Photographers Association, are on display at the HCM City Photography Museum.
Fifty-five black-and-white works feature Vietnamese soldiers in battles during the Mậu Thân Offensive in 1968 and in victory in the spring of 1975.
Tài’s lively photos impressed viewers who attended the event’s opening ceremony on Sunday.
One of his featured photos portrays American airforce commander David Odell, the last US millitary presonnel who left Tân Sơn Nhất Airport on March 29, 1973.
“Our exhibition is part of the city’s cultural activities to celebrate 73rd National Day, September 2,” said Lê Xuân Thăng, deputy chairman of Việt Nam Photographers’ Association.
“Works by photojournalist Tài are invaluable,” he said.
Tài, a native of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province, joined the revolution in 1947 when he was 12 years old. He moved to the north and was later sent to study arts and photography at Lomonosov Moscow State University in the then Soviet Union.
In 1966, he worked for the Liberation News Agency and the Vietnam News Agency. He was sent to battle and captured thousands of photos of the Mậu Thân Offensive in Spring 1968 and other battles in 1974.
Tài was seriously injured while shooting photos during the war. An injury caused him to lose sight in one eye.
Tài was honoured with the State Awards in literature and art in 2017.
The exhibition is at 122 Sương Nguyệt Ánh Street, District 1, and closes on August 28. – VNS