Photography

General discussion of the art of photography.

Nick Ut: Napalm Girl

Napalm Girl – A historic photo

Nick Ut's  Napalm Girl
Nick Ut’s “Napalm Girl” photo

I’ve seen this image before. I never knew the story behind it though. With a title like Napalm Girl how could you resist not knowing more?

I was finishing up Joe McNally’s book, The Moment It Clicks, in it, there was a story of Phan Thi Kim Phuc. Kim is the naked little girl. In the book, Joe talks of his current image of Kim, not of the image that made her famous. Curious, I did a little research.

NBC news did a nice story on Nick Ut, the photographer who took this image. It was interesting to hear that after he took this image, he took Kim to the hospital. I believe as a rule, photojournalists are not suppose to get “involved”. I’m glad for both Kim and Nick that he risked his job and got involved.

Napalm girl

I did not realize the impact that the image ended up having on the war in Vietnam. It just goes to show how powerful an image can be. And to think, this image was taken with your standard 35mm film camera. The ability for Nick to meter, focus and get this shot is amazing.