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Original Vietnam UPI Photo - Kyoichi Sawada -  US Soldier 1966

Original Vietnam UPI Photo - Kyoichi Sawada - US Soldier 1966

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Photographs: Pre 1970: Item # 1280808

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With the original UPI press text copy still attached, this photo by the Pulitzer Prize winning photo journalist Kyoichi Sawada (1936-1970) depicts a US soldier, wounded in battle, and awaiting medical evacuation. The photo measures 10 1/8" x 7 1/8" and is stamped on the reverse with the UPI credits. Kyoichi Sawada was awarded "World Press Photos of the Year" in 1965 and 1966, and the Pulitzer Prize in 1966. His Pulitzer photo depicted a young mother and her four children frantically swimming to safety, and after he was awarded the prize money, he tracked her down and gave her the funds. Japanese, he worked for UPI in Japan during the Vietnam War, and when he was denied a press pass, he took vacation time, went to Vietnam, and took a series of photos that were remarkable, and resulted in giving him access as an official photo journalist to the entire war zone. Sadly, he and his bureau chief were killed in 1970 as their car was ambushed in Cambodia. His photos are stunning in their powerful depiction of the war, with an emotional impact that is compelling to this day. This close up image of a young African American US soldier, looking to the sky for the helicopter to take him to safety, is sensitive and evocative. Sawada's photos brought aspects of the war to the homes of millions, showing the pain, death, sorrow, and desperation of the era. There are several books on the works of Sawada, they illustrate his artful and compassionate eye, and have become collectors items. The photo itself is clear, with no fading, as it has been stored away from light. There is roughage along the edges, all visible in the photos, and some slight crimps and surface scratches which do not remove any of the image.