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Photo-journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
1933 04 28
2012 05 10
"A Leica camera is a camera we can keep both eyes open. You can look for the free eye that doesn't look to viewfinder and in all directions. It's like backwards - and sometimes also backwards, and you can look for the viewfinder and see your picture."
Horst Faas (28 April 1933 – 10 May 2012) was a German photo-journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He is best known for his images of the Vietnam War.
Wikipedia, last update 2023.03.30
Horst Faas, the German combat photographer for Associated Press, who has died aged 79, was the most important of all those who covered the Vietnam war, the modern crucible of photojournalism. This was not simply because of his pictures, for which he won a Pulitzer prize in 1965. They documented the war's effect on humanity: families huddled in fear in the midst of fighting soldiers; people mourning those already dead; a father confronting Vietnamese soldiers over the body of his son; the face of an American soldier staring emptily at the camera, his helmet decorated with the words: "War is hell." Faas's dictum was simple: "You can't photograph a flying bullet, but you can capture genuine fear."
Beyond his own work, he played a crucial role as chief of photo operations for AP, recruiting and mentoring other photographers, who became known as "Horst's army". Vietnam may have been the first war brought into living-rooms via television, but the newsfilm with the footage had to be developed, edited, voiced and flown for TV broadcast.
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