AP photo exhibit to open in Vietnam
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AP photo exhibit to open in Vietnam

To cover the war in Vietnam, The Associated Press gathered a group of extraordinary photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century. Forty years later, a collection of more than 50 gripping AP images will be on display in Vietnam to tell the human story behind the conflict.

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine-gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops as they attack a North Vietnamese army camp eighteen miles north of Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, March 1965. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)
South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places on June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The children from left to right are: Phan Thanh Tam, younger brother of Kim Phuc, who lost an eye, Phan Thanh Phouc, youngest brother of Kim Phuc, Kim Phuc, and Kim's cousins Ho Van Bon, and Ho Thi Ting. Behind them are soldiers of the Vietnam Army 25th Division. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
AP photographer Nick Ut. (AP Photo)

The exhibit will open June 12 at The Exhibition Hall, 45 Trang Tien St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. It will feature images drawn from AP’s much-acclaimed photo history, “Vietnam: The Real War.”

From Malcolm Browne’s horrific photograph of an elderly Buddhist monk, voluntarily set ablaze during a protest against the South Vietnamese government, to Nick Ut’s famous picture of a 9-year-old girl running scorched and naked from a napalm attack, the selected images capture the drama and tragedy of people caught in war. Other AP photographers represented in the exhibit include Horst Faas and Henri Huet.

A few days before the exhibit opens, Ut will revisit the site near Trang Bang, outside of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), where he took his iconic photo on June 8, 1972. In addition, Ut will chronicle his journey back via AP Images’ Instagram account, providing an intimate view of what he saw and felt in those moments and his perspective more than 40 years later.

AP won six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage in Vietnam, four of them for photography, including Ut’s award in 1973.

“Throughout our nearly 170-year history, AP has maintained a singular mission: To inform the world. Our journalists strive every day to report the unvarnished truth about global events with accuracy, objectivity and integrity,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “AP’s coverage in those years played an important role in bringing the facts of the conflict to the American people. We are honored to be sharing our compelling photographic history with the people of Vietnam.”

The exhibit will run through June 26, 2015. Admission is free. Other  exhibits drawn from “Vietnam: The Real War” were previously presented at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York and the headquarters of the Guardian in London.