About: Nick Ut
Nick Ut, whose real name is Ut Cong Huynh, was born in Vietnam. His oldest brother, My Thanh Huynh, was an AP photographer who was killed in combat in 1965. Nick Ut began his career as a photographer with the AP in Saigon in 1966 and covered the rest of the war. There were many close calls for Nick while covering the war. When the Americans and South Vietnamese invaded Cambodia in 1970, he was wounded three times. The highlight of Nick’s career came on a rainy day on June 8 1972 when he photographed nine year old Kim Phuc, running and screaming down Route 1 naked. It was near Trang Bang village in Vietnam, after a misdirected napalm bomb was dropped on her family home by a South Vietnamese plane. Seventy five per cent of her body was scorched with third degree burns. Nick captured the little girl on film and then rushed her to a hospital, which saved her life. The shot which seared the world’s conscience became the scream heard around the globe and won every major photographic award in 1973; the Pulitzer Prize, World Press Photo, Sigma Delta Chi, George Polk Memorial Award, Overseas Press Club, National Press Club. Along with that the picture was the choice of the 20th century. The picture remains perhaps the most graphic and memorable image of the Vietnam War.
July 6, 2007

Nick Ut

By Nick Ut 
<p>Nick Ut, whose real name is Ut Cong Huynh, was born in Vietnam. His oldest brother, My Thanh Huynh, was an AP photographer who was killed in combat in 1965. Nick Ut began his career as a photographer with the AP in Saigon in 1966 and covered the rest of the war. There were many [...]</p>