Photographer Tim Page, whose photos and achievements in the Vietnam War made him a legend in 1960s journalism, died Wednesday in Australia at the age of 78, fellow journalist Ben Bohain confirmed to CNN. .
According to Bohane, Page had cancer. He said he spent the last week of his Page at his home in New South Wales.
Page was among a troop of young freelance journalists who jumped aboard a US military helicopter, the iconic Vietnam War transport, to reach some of the conflict’s most intense action.
Vietnam War photojournalist Tim Page visits the Vietnam War Remnants Museum in April 2015. credit: Le Quang Nhat/EPA/Shutterstock
It says he was wounded four times.
“The last time was when he jumped out of a helicopter to pick up the wounded and the person in front stepped on a mine. He was declared DOA (dead on arrival) at the hospital. “Needed neurosurgery and spent most of the 70’s recovering,” the website says.
In addition to photographing the war for newspapers and magazines around the world, Page inspired the photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now.
Film writer Michael Herr also wrote about Page in his acclaimed 1977 war book, Dispatch.
Herr writes that Page once accused the publishers of asking him to remove this fascination from War.
Battle-weary soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Division are rescued across the wastelands of War Zone D after the Battle of Zulu Zulu. Photo of Tim Page, Vietnam, 1966. credit: Tim Page/Corbis/Getty Images
“How can you do that?…War is good for you…It’s like trying to take the charm out of sex. You’re trying to take the charm out of The Rolling Stones.”
Page also said, “The only good war photography is anti-war photography.”
“He was first and foremost a humanitarian, always living on changing perceptions and highlighting the folly of war with the power of photography and art,” Bohain wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. increase.
Bohane mentioned other characters in Page’s life.
In Vietnam, his best friend was fellow photographer Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood icon Errol Flynn, who disappeared in Cambodia in 1970.
In this Tim Page photo, the US 173rd Paratroopers are supported by helicopter during the Iron Triangle attack. credit: Tim Page/Corbis/Getty Images
Page, along with Flynn, also helped persuade Daniel Ellsberg to release the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers are documents from the US Department of Defense that show how Washington deceived the American public about US actions in Vietnam and fueled anti-war protests in the US.
Page also collaborated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on several articles for Rolling Stone. In 2013, Page told Time magazine about the influence Thompson had on him.
“(Thompson) was very enthusiastic. He would take a handful of different colored pills (I don’t know) in the morning with vodka and an orange. I also took a handful of pills.I was young and stupid at the time.
Tim Page photographs stoned US soldiers from the 9th Division in Tan An, Vietnam in 1968. credit: Tim Page/Corbis/Getty Images
In that 2013 interview, Page spoke about whether his images of war glorified conflict and whether he was tempted to self-censor some of the horrors he documented.
“I’m not thinking about any political or cultural issues,” he said.
“No matter what horrors you face, keep up the work and find the best frame you can. Maybe war photography is so strong because there are no political considerations.” With the rawest reality that lies ahead.”
In his later years, Page was born in England and settled in Australia, where he helped found the Australian War Photographers Collective with Bohane to showcase and preserve the work of those documenting the conflict.
“In the face of television, ‘lifestyle content’ and Ether Communications, attempts to document and publish these truths have only become more and more challenging,” he said. . “But we are, perhaps delusional, dedicated to getting our image out there and influencing the next generation of shooters to follow in the footsteps of us.”