Photographer Tim Page, whose Vietnam War images and adventures made him a journalism great in the 1960s, died in Australia on Wednesday at the age of 78, fellow journalist Ben Boehne confirmed to CNN.
Page had cancer, according to Bohen, who said that he spent the last weeks of Page with him at his home in New South Wales.
Page was one of the young freelance journalists who hoped to reach some of the conflict’s most intense action by US military helicopters, the iconic transport of the Vietnam War.
Vietnam War photojournalist Tim Page visits the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in April 2015. Credit: Le Quang Nhat / EPA / Shutterstock
He was injured four times, it says.
“The last time he jumped from a helicopter to help unload the injured and the man in front of him stepped on a landmine. He was declared DOA (dead on arrival) at the hospital. He underwent extensive neuro-surgery. was required and spent most of the seventies in recovery,” the website says.
In addition to taking war-bringing photos in newspapers and magazines around the world, Page was the inspiration for the photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in the Vietnam War film “Apocalypse Now.”
The film’s screenwriter Michael Herr also wrote about Page in his critically acclaimed 1977 book “Dispatch” about the war.
Herr wrote that Page once raided a publisher who asked him to get Glamour out of the war.
A battle-weary soldier of the 173rd Airborne Division is helped to a wasteland in Battle Zone D after the Battle of Zulu Zulu. Vietnam, 1966, in this photo by Tim Page. Credit: Tim Page / Corbis / Getty Images
“How can you do that? … War is good for you … It’s like trying to take the glamor out of sex. Trying to take the glamor out of the Rolling Stones,” page “Dispatch” I says. ,
Page also said, “The only good anti-war picture is the anti-war picture,” Bohen wrote.
Bohen wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald, “He was a humanist, first and foremost, living forever for the power of photography and art to change perceptions and to expose the absurdity of war.”
Bohen mentions a few other characters from Page’s life.
In Vietnam, his best friend was fellow photographer Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood icon Errol Flynn, who went missing in Cambodia in 1970. Bohen wrote that Flynn lost the haunted page for the rest of his life.
The US 173rd is supported by airborne helicopters during the Iron Triangle attack in this Tim Page photo. Credit: Tim Page / Corbis / Getty Images
Page also helped persuade Daniel Ellsberg, along with Flynn, to release the Pentagon Papers, US Defense Department documents showing how the US government deceived the American public about American actions in Vietnam and helped fuel the anti-war movement in America, Bohen said.
And Page collaborated with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on several articles for Rolling Stone. In 2013, Page told Time magazine about Thompson’s impact on him.
“(Thompson) was very intense. He used to take this handful of pills of different colors — I don’t know what they were — with a vodka and an orange in the morning. If he gave me a handful of pills, I’d also take a handful of pills.” . . I was small and stupid then,” Page told Time.
Tim Page photographed a stone-pelting American soldier of the 9th Division in Tan An, Vietnam, in 1968. Credit: Tim Page / Corbis / Getty Images
In that 2013 interview, Page talked about whether his war images glamorized conflict and whether he was ever tempted to self-censor some of the horrors.
“You don’t think about any of those political or cultural issues,” he said.
“You’re out there with whatever frightening[is]going on, so just go to work and find the best frame you can. Maybe that’s why war photography is so strong, because there are no political views. You are presented with the rawest reality before you.”
In his later years, Page, who was born in England, settled in Australia and helped establish an Australian war photographers’ group there with Bohen, to exhibit and preserve the work of those who documented the conflict. help to do.
“Efforts to document and publish these truths in the face of television, ‘lifestyle content’ and ethereal communication have only become more testing,” he said. “Nevertheless, we remain – perhaps in confusion – dedicated to bringing out our images and influencing the next generation of shooters to follow the same committed path.”