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War photography, then and now A discussion with the Associated Press at the Newseum


The photographic history of the Vietnam War and the challenges that photojournalists face in today’s combat zones will be discussed on Oct. 26 at the Newseum in Washington.

“Vietnam: The Real War” (Abrams; Oct. 1, 2013; 304 pages; 300 photographs; US $40.00/CAN $45.00/UK £25)
Santiago Lyon and Hal Buell

The conversation, starting at 2:30 p.m., will feature AP Vice President and Director of Photography Santiago Lyon, whose team earned a Pulitzer Prize last spring for Breaking News Photography of the Syrian civil war, and former Executive Newsphoto Editor Hal Buell, who led AP photo operations during the Vietnam War.

The discussion follows the publication on Oct. 1 of “Vietnam: The Real War,” subtitled “A Photographic History by the Associated Press” (Abrams Books).

Lyon and Buell will touch on such points as the relatively easy access to the battlefront that journalists enjoyed in Vietnam, compared to the embed process in Iraq and Afghanistan directed by the Pentagon, and the enduring power of the still image in the video age. They will also address how technology has dramatically changed the way news organizations get photos from the field and distribute them globally.

“Vietnam: The Real War” collects more than 300 standout images from the AP archives, including iconic frames by such influential photojournalists as Eddie Adams, Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Dang Van Phuoc and Nick Ut, who is expected to attend.

A book signing will follow the event, which will take place in the Newseum’s Knight TV Studio.

The program is free with regular paid admission to the Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. Seating is on a space-available basis. For further information, go to

Learn more about the book and AP’s coverage of the Vietnam War at:


Paul Colford
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

Erin Madigan White
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press

Jonathan Thompson
Manager/Media Relations

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