"Shooting Vietnam," with author Dan Brookes
Shooting Vietnam by Dan Brookes & Bob Hillerby, shares firsthand accounts of what it was like to be a military combat photographer in the most photographed war in history. The book contains hundreds of photographs by men who lived the war through the lens of a camera. They documented everything from the horror of combat to the people and culture of a land in which they suddenly found themselves immersed. Shooting Vietnam finally brings recognition to the unheralded Vietnam military combat photographers who documented the brutal, unpopular, and futile war. Shooting Vietnam puts the reader alongside these men as they struggled to photograph the war in life threatening circumstances. Some did lose their lives. Along with the camera they carried, they often were armed with a rifle or grenade launcher that enabled them to survive. Often, during a brief respite from battles, they would wander the streets of villages or large cities such as Saigon, curiously photographing a people and a culture so strange and different to them. It is these photographs, of a kinder, more personal nature, removed from the horror and death of war that they also share with the reader.
Dan Brookes is a writer, photographer, and graphic artist. His tour in Vietnam gave him the travel bug and he still takes to the road, ocean, and air the world over adding to his stories and photographs. He has piloted a riverboat through the Amazon where he helped establish schools in tribal rainforest areas, and recently retired from Apple where he was a computer solutions consultant. He lives in Connecticut.
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