Saturday, November 21, 2009

Photographer of the week: PHILIPS JONES GRIFFITHS

"The ability to keep things in
perspective is very important for a
journalist. In a tense situation you
need the ability to be there, yet
somehow step aside; to keep a cool
head and keep working without getting

Born in Rhuddlan, Wales, Philip Jones Griffiths studied pharmacy in Liverpool and worked in London while photographing part-time for the Manchester Guardian. In 1961 he became a full-time freelancer for the London-based Observer. He covered the Algerian War in 1962, then moved to Central Africa. From there he moved to Asia, photographing in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971.

Philip Jones Griffiths' classic account of the war in Vietnam was the outcome of three years reporting and is one of the most detailed surveys of any conflict. Showing the true horrors of the war he creates a compelling argument against the de-humanizing power of the modern war machine and against American imperialism, images which at the time helped to turn the tide of public opinion and to put an end to the Vietnam War.


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