Saturday, July 26, 2008

Greatest War Photographs. Images 16 - 20

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Co Rentmeester, The Netherlands, Life

World Press Photo of the Year: 1967
South Vietnam, May 1967.
The commander of an M48 tankgunner of the US 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam's "Iron Triangle".

About the image: Rentmeester took his winning shot, which was salvaged from Life magazine's rejects pile, as he lay on the floor of an incredibly hot tank. Rentmeester is the only Dutch photographer to ever have received this award, which was founded in the Netherlands.

Bill Foley, Associated Press

British soliers lend a hand to their American comrades during rescue operations in the wreckage of the U.S. Marine command center near Beirut airport, October 23, 1983. A bomb-laden truck drove into the center and the explosion collapsed the four story building, killing 241 U.S. sevicemen, 220 of whom were Marines.

Robert Capa, Magnum Photos

Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936.

Robert Capa, Magnum Photos

A U.S. soldier lies dead after being hit by sniper fire during house-to-house skirmishing in Liepzig, Germany, on the last day of the World War II fighting in Europe.

Kyoichi Sawada, Japan, United Press International

World Press Photo of the Year: 1966
Tan Binh, South Vietnam, 24 February 1966. American troops drag the body of a Viet Cong soldier to be buried.
About the image: He experienced many atrocities first hand, but found it hard to talk about. His widow confides that he wasn't pleased to win that year, as the tragic photo upset him. Always a daredevil, he was killed in 1970, while on assignment in Cambodia.

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