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Philip Jones Griffiths: A Legacy in Photobooks

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Philip Jones Griffiths Older soldiers who missed their families befriended dogs and children. The canines proved more congenial. More dogs than wives were taken back to the U.S. 1967 © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Quang Ngai. This guerrilla fighter had just thrown a grenade, killing one member of the platoon and wounded two others. In the resulting fracas, he too was killed. The incident occurred i (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths This was a village a few miles from My Lai. It was a routine operation - troops were on a typical " search and destroy" mission. After finding and killing men in hiding, the women and children wer (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths Aerial view of one of the villages of the Bantangan peninsula during a "Search and Destroy" operation. Smoke rises from homes burning among neat, well-cared-for paddy fields. Vietnam. 1967. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths Human skulls were a favorite souvenir among the soldiers and their officers. The commander of this unit, Colonel (now Brigadier General) George S. Patton III, carried around a skull at his farewell (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths Mekong River. Vietnamese were the foreign "Other," as in General Westmoreland's telling Comment, "The Oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as the Westerner - life is plentiful, life is (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths The battle for Saigon. Refugees under fire. Confused urban warfare was such that Americans were shooting their staunchest supporters. Vietnam. 1968. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths US 9th Division soldier during fighting in Saigon. Saigon, South Vietnam. 1968. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths The battle for Saigon. U.S. policy in Vietnam was based on the premise that peasants driven into the towns and cities by the carpet-bombing of the countryside would be safe. Furthermore, removed f (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Hue. The grounds of Hue university became a graveyard. 1968 © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Cam Nghia. LE THI Hoa, fourteen, born stunted with deformed fingers, proudly demonstrates her excellent penmanship. 1998. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Quang Ngai. Mother with wounded child, Vietnam. The american policy of annihilating as many Vietnamese as possible while claiming to be saving them from the 'horrors' of Communism could be (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths This woman was tagged, probably by a sympathetic corpsman, with the designation VNC (Vietnamese civilian). This was unusual. Wounded civilians were normally tagged VCS (Vietcong suspect) and all (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Nguyen Minh Phuc, a little girl born in Tay Ninh in November 1990. She is suffering from hydro-encephalitis, a typical result of Agent Orange poisoning, and is unlikely that she will see h (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIET NAM. Pham Thi Thuy Linh, 11 years old, was born in Ho Chi Minh City with no arms and first learned to write using her feet. She has now graduated to mastering the computer keyboard. Her grandf (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths This woman's husband had been a truck driver on the Ho Chi Minh trail, who had been sprayed often with Agent Orange. Americans practiced ecocide on the land by spraying millions of acres with this (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. A plaque with the names of the victims to commemorate the dead villagers. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Minh Vin Gung, born in Long An Province in 1993 with no trace of eyes. It is likely that in Agent Orange the dioxin blocks the receptors in the developing fetus thus preventing the hormone (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Uyen Hung village. VO Trong Thuy, 13, lives in a wood and straw mat hut behing a pagoda. Thuy was born with his arm permanantly locked against his shoulder and the fingers and thumb of his (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. PHAM Thi Thuy Linh, nine, was born in Ho Chi Minh City with no arms and has learned to write using her feet. Her grandfather was an army officer in the former regime and worked on an aircr (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. School children endured many hardships in war-torn Vietnam. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Ho Chi Minh City. The War Museum.1980 © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. A monument built to commemorate dead villagers. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Some of the many man-made canals that crisscross the Mekong Delta. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Cam Nghia. LE THI Hoai Nhonn, 23, has the stature of a three-year-old, with stunted fingers and toes. Her father, LE Huu Dong, 55, a rice farmer, was stationed nearby in the Saigon Army fo (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. During the war the lack of doctors and specialized surgical techniques led to the adoption of amputation as a timesaving measure. In post-war Vietnam the production of artificial limbs ha (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. On any flat surface, including in this case the main road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City rice is spread out to dry in the sun before milling. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Phnom Penh. Penh, fourteen, was born in the Tramkok district, Takeo Province. He begs with his parents, who have also moved to the city. With his handsome good looks he specializes in targ (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. A soldier who worked on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was wounded in the spine by fragments from an anti-personnel bomb in his wheel chair near the village of A Loei. © Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. Ho Chi Minh City. Three siblings exhibiting classic teratogenic symptoms, double elbows and knees on each limb, at Orphanage No. 6. They had been abandoned by their mother in the nearby Tu (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. The battle for Saigon. American G.I's often showed compassion toward the Vietcong. This sprang from a soldierly admiration for their dedication and bravery; qualities difficult to discern (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths VIETNAM. The parents of young children were rarely present in the village of Vietnam. Americans often wondered where all the children came from. The fathers were often away fighting for one side or (...)