Nick Ut-Leica Hall of Fame Award


Nick Ut is an AP photographer. Using a Leica, he captured without doubt the most iconic photograph taken to date; the napalm girl, during the Vietnam war. Watch the story behind the famous photograph “The Napalm Girl”.

Nick Ut was honored with the Leica Hall of Fame Award on September 17 at “LEICA – DAS WESENTLICHE” at Photokina 2012.

4 responses to “Nick Ut-Leica Hall of Fame Award

  1. stanisław żółczyński

    Really now! From photographic point of view his pict is absolutely not most iconic as you or Leica say so.. It wouldn`t amount to much vision, composition or settinglike if not proped up by horrendous facts behind it. There were no “the best photographers of year” even if LARRY BURROWS would be certainly among them.

    • Larry Burrows, RIP, was indeed an amazing photographer. No one is doubting that. In the case of Nick’s image, if it was just me or Leica saying it’s the most iconic photojournalistic image ever taken, that would be one thing. The fact that it won a Pulitzer, literally changed the world and has shaken and moved everyone who has seen it and is recognised by the majority of people I know (not just members of the media), speaks volumes for this picture and the ability of the photographer. Unless you have ever been in a situation with such danger, speed, emotion and turmoil, I don’t think you can even begin to understand the difficulties in making pictures. If your understanding of photography is at the level of talking about composition and settings, then you’re perhaps not really looking into the photograph. A technically perfect image of a brick wall or a bowl of fruit it may not be, but one thing is for sure; it is the most iconic image ever shot by a photojournalist.

  2. stanisław żółczyński

    I`m sorry for sounding seemingly critical of undoubtly great photographer mr. Ut. I didn`t have on mind a technical or compositional lack of perfection but just visual impact without shock value of f.ex Eddie Adams “saigon execution”. Should I ever decide to have the photograph of wietnam war on my wall then it rather would be Larry Burrows “reaching out” then Ut`s or Adams, but that`s of course personal choice. I like photography a lot and furthermore I think you have an interesting site.
    p.s. I´m born in Poland in 1942 so I have a bit traumatic attitude to all things war.

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