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Philip Jones Griffiths snippet
Philip Jones Griffiths has also published a book about Agent Orange, dealing with the impact of the US defoliant Agent Orange on post-war generations in Vietnam.
Philip Jones Griffiths
Philip Jones Griffiths (b. 1936) is a Welsh-born photojournalist known for his coverage of Vietnam.
He studied pharmacy but started as a freelance photographer in 1961, travelling to Algeria in 1962. He arrived in Vietnam in 1966, working for Magnum.
Magnum found his images difficult to sell to magazines, as they concentrated on the suffering of the Vietnamese and reflected his view of the war as the continuing decolonisation of former European possessions. He got a scoop that the American outlets liked, photos of Jackie Kennedy vacationing with a male friend in Cambodia. The proceeds enabled him to continue his coverage of Vietnam and to publish Vietnam Inc in 1971. The book had a major influence on American perceptions of the war - a classic of photojournalism. In 2001 the book was reprinted with a foreword by Noam Chomsky.
Subsequent books have included a collection of Griffiths's best pictures, and Agent Orange, dealing with the impact of the US defoliant Agent Orange on post-war generations in Vietnam.