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 Horst Faas

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Horst Faas

Birth
Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Death 10 May 2012 (aged 79)
Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial Grosshadern, Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Memorial ID 90152123 View Source
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Pulitzer Prize Recipient Photographer. He received international acclaim as a German photo-journalist receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 1965 for his coverage of the Vietnam War and again in 1972 for his coverage of the Bangladesh Liberation War. He is most known for the Vietnam War photographs. He began his photo-journalist career with the Keystone Agency and by the age of twenty-one, he was covering major events such as the peace negotiation in Geneva, Switzerland in 1954. In 1956, he accepted a position with Associated Press where he gained the reputation of being a hard-core war photographer covering the wars in Vietnam, Laos, the Congo, and Algeria. In 1962 he was promoted to chief photographer for Southeast Asia being based in Saigon, Vietnam until 1974. In 1967 he received serious wounds to his legs from a rocket-propelled grenade. Besides being a photographer, he was a photo editor and responsible for ensuring the publication to the American public of two famous images of the Vietnam War. First, the "Saigon Execution" photograph showing the February 1, 1968 graphic execution of a Viet Cong prisoner by a military officer, which was earned the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for photographer, Eddie Adams. The second photograph was Nick Ut's 1973 Pulitzer Prize receiving photograph entitled, "Napalm Girl." The graphic image had a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl running naked with burns covering her body, after her clothes had caught fire during an air strike on her village. This famous photograph led to the removing American forces from Vietnam. Faas pushed for these two photographs to be published in American newspapers. He also ordered Gerg Marinovich's 1990 photographs of a crowd executing a man in Johannesburg to be published, which led to Marinovich's 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. Relocating to London, England in 1976, he became the senior photography editor for Europe. He retired in 2004 but continued to be close to his Vietnam War colleagues planning reunions. He also held international photo-journalism symposiums. One of his four books that he published on his and other colleagues' photo-journalism career was "Requiem," which listed the photographers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

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