Reason to Photograph (03:37)
Philip Jones Griffiths created one of the most iconic books of photographs of the Vietnam War. He wanted to be the one who found out what was really going on there.
Access to War (06:24)
Jones Griffiths' photographs from Vietnam would help bring an end to the war. Vietnam, with a long history of conflict, saw American involvement escalate in the 1960s. The U.S. military gave freedom and access to journalists to report on the war.
Road to Vietnam (04:28)
Jones Griffiths worked as a freelance photographer in the early 1960s until he joined Magnum Photographic Cooperative in 1966. His intent for going to Vietnam was to make a book.
Empathy for Both Sides (05:30)
Since little information was getting out about the Vietnam War in 1966, Jones Griffiths wanted to get the story himself. He had empathy for the Vietnamese because of his Welshness. He also empathized with American draftees.
Treatment of Vietnamese (04:36)
Carpet bombing and search and destroy missions indiscriminately killed Viet Cong and civilians. The Vietnamese were subject to racism and dehumanization by American forces.
Moral Witness (03:00)
Jones Griffith kept his feelings in check while taking pictures. His daughters say he believed his photographic work was something of a higher calling. He did not believe in being objective and dispassionate; his photos were a voice of protest.
Working Photographer (06:18)
Jones Griffiths had difficulty making a living because his photographs were too shocking. He managed to make a money shooting Jackie Kennedy. His photographs of military men in war rooms looking at body count numbers are described as some of his greatest photos.
Turning Point (04:52)
Jones Griffiths took some of his greatest and most compassionate photographs immediately following the Tet Offensive. The Tet Offensive marked the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.
Photo Books (05:46)
Jones Griffiths published his book, “Vietnam Inc.” in 1971, which would become his greatest legacy. After the war, he continued to photograph victims of Agent Orange, which he published in a book in 2003.
Jones Griffiths' Legacy (05:37)
The effects of Agent Orange crosses generational lines, affecting 3 million people. In 2008, Jones Griffiths passed away. His work is archived in Wales, where he insisted it should stay.
Credits: "The Man Who Shot Vietnam" (01:01)
Credits: "The Man Who Shot Vietnam"
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