When I started this blog, I planned to occasionally feature other photographers whose work has influenced me. There are many, but one who is still among the living and who I follow on Facebook daily, comes to mind today. Nick Ut, real name Huynh Cong Ut, worked for the Associated Press during the Vietnam War and at the age of 21 took one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century, a photo that helped change opinions about that war.
Before delivering the film recording this scene, Ut transported the young girl, Kim Phuc, to the hospital. They stay in contact to this day.
Nick Ut still shoots for the Associated Press today and is based in Los Angeles. He posts daily on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1349904571 and it is clear from his posts and many photos of himself at various sites, that he still loves his work as a photojournalist. He has traveled back to Vietnam to document the country as it is today, has covered presidential visits, bank robberies and has covered the Hollywood scene. His work today is as diverse as it can be but it’s important to remember at least one of his photos which helped change the world!