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Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut, (born March 29, 1951) is a photographer for the Associated Press (AP) who works out of Los Angelesmarker. His best known photo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of Phan Thị Kim Phúc, who was photographed as a naked 9-year-old girl running toward the camera to flee a South Vietnamese napalm attack on the Trang Bangmarker village during the Vietnam War.


Biography

Born in Long Anmarker, Vietnammarker, Ut began to take photographs for the Associated Press when he was 16, just after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, another AP photographer, was killed in Vietnam. Ut himself was wounded three times in the war. Ut has since worked for the Associated Press in Tokyomarker, South Koreamarker, and Hanoimarker and still maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now resides in Canadamarker.

Before delivering his film with the Kim Phuc photo, he took her to the hospital. The publication of the photo was delayed due to the AP bureau's debate about transmitting a naked girl's photo over the wire:

Nixon connection

Audio tapes of then-president Richard Nixon in conversation with his chief of staff, H. R. Haldeman, show that Nixon doubted the veracity of the photograph, musing whether it may have been "fixed." Following the release of this tape, Ut commented:

Family and later career

Ut is a United Statesmarker citizen and is married with two children. He lives in Los Angeles, and remains an AP photographer. His photos of a crying Paris Hilton in the back seat of a Los Angelesmarker County Sheriff's cruiser on June 8, 2007 (precisely 35 years after the Phuc photo) were published worldwide; however, Ut was photographing Hilton alongside photographer Karl Larsen. Two photographs emerged; the more famous photo of Hilton was credited to Ut despite being Larsen's photo.

References

  1. Nixon, The A-Bomb, And Napalm
  2. Photographer Karl Larsen sues ABC over Paris Hilton photo


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