Associated Press photos documenting the Vietnam War have gone on public display in Hanoi after a preview and reception highlighting the impact of the images at the time of their release.
“AP presented these images of what was really going on in the war,” company President and CEO Gary Pruitt said at the Thursday reception, attended by government officials, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, other Hanoi-based diplomats and local media representatives. “It was through that lens that people around the world gained a better understanding of the conflict.”
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt, right, meets with Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang before the opening of an exhibit of AP’s wartime photographs, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Hanoi, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The photos “gave the whole world a full picture of what was going on in Vietnam,” President Truong Tan Sang told AP. “I believe these photos made an enormous contribution to bringing the war in Vietnam to an end.”
They include Malcolm Browne‘s image of a Buddhist monk set aflame in protest, Nick Ut‘s picture of a young girl running naked and in pain after being scorched by napalm and Eddie Adams‘ stark frame showing a South Vietnamese general executing a suspected Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 1968, file photo, South Vietnamese Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the National Police, fires his pistol into the head of suspected Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem (also known as Bay Lop) on a Saigon street. It’s among the AP images now on display in Hanoi. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)
“Vietnam: The Real War,” a total of 58 black-and-white photos, opened to the public on Friday, also drawing a large number of Vietnamese media. The selection is drawn from a book of the same name, AP’s photo history of the war, published in 2013.
The exhibit will run through June 26 at Hanoi’s Exhibition Hall, after previous displays in New York and London.
A guest looks at photographs taken by Horst Faas during the opening reception of The Associated Press photo exhibit, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The exhibit “Vietnam: The Real War,” a collection of 58 photographs taken by AP photographers during the Vietnam War that ended 40-years ago, opens to the public Friday, June 12, 2015, in Hanoi. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Seen from left to right, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, Canadian Ambassador David Devine, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt and AP photographer Nick Ut chat June 11 at the opening reception in Hanoi, Vietnam, for AP’s photo exhibit. Ut’s iconic “Napalm Girl” image is among those on display. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Guests and members of the public view photos from the Vietnam War on display at an exhibit Friday, June 12, 2015, in Hanoi, Vietnam. “Vietnam: The Real War,” a collection of 58 photographs taken by the Associated Press, opens to the public Friday, marking a homecoming that officials say is historic and an emblem of changing times. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
AP photographer Nick Ut addresses visitors at the opening of exhibit in Hanoi of AP’s Vietnam War images on Friday, June 12. (AP photo/Ted Anthony)
Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang talks to the media in front of “Napalm Girl,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by Nick Ut, during his visit on Monday, June 15, to an exhibit of AP’s Vietnam War photos in Hanoi. (AP Photo/Na Son Nguyen)