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Mai Nam with photos about youth in the war (Januray 27, 2005)


Among war reporters during the anti-US war time, photographer Mai Nam has made an imprint of his own. He exploited the beauty of the Vietnamese young people in his war photos.

Photographer Mai Nam said “My deepest impression is the image of young men and women in the fight and young volunteers of Hanoi, Haiphong, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh provinces and particularly those in Vinh Linh, who always faced with death but were still optimistic and brave.”

He seemed to pay more attention to young women during the war. In his photos, they were young, innocent but sturdy with rifles in their arms. Babies who were born in the tunnels might not be taken care as well as those in the peace time but the love from their mothers was always great.

Press characters brought the vitality for Mai Nam’s photos. His photo named ‘Di Truc Chien’ (On Combat Duty) not only won domestic and international prizes, but also was bought with a high price at an auction in London from British photographer Tim Page. The photo features both the strength and beauty of country young woman Nguyen Thi Hien holding rifle and wearing conical hat, who was head of the Yen Vuc village militia squad in Thanh Hoa.

The young woman Le Thi Khang in Vinh Giang commune, Vinh Linh district in the photo ‘Ham Chot Cua Thanh Nien Vinh Linh’ (Commanding Shelter of Vinh Linh Young People) shot in 1968 now is over 50 years old. But the soldier in the photo sacrificed without seeing himself in the photo.

Artist Mai Nam held a mini photo exhibition displaying seventy 20x30 cm photos in Vinh Linh. Those photos were then presented to Vinh Linh Museum. A middle aged man asked artist Mai Nam for a photo featuring a soldier holding gun to place in the altar. That was his father who sacrificed in Con Co island.

Artist Mai Nam said he just had one thing to regret that he could not take more photos depicting the living condition of people, and their hardships during the war. Perhaps, it is also the regret of most of war reporters.

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper

     

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