Photography In Nick Ut's The Terror Of War

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Photographs are works of art that capture moments in time. They’re important because they document instances, which can later complete or create history. Looking at a photograph one is immediately intrigued. After studying the composition of the photo its meaning comes to mind, one begins to wonder why such a photo was taken. The overall meaning will have different effects depending on the viewer, but one must wonder again. Question after question enters the viewers mind until they’re entranced with a need to know the photo’s story. With this need comes an emotional connection to the photograph and the people featured in it. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs have been some of the most iconic photos ever taken. These photos have the power to ignite a movement large enough to end a war. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, The Terror of War, by Nick Ut, taken in nineteen seventy-two, reached out to a set of moral perceptions conceived by people living outside of the war, the photo remains relevant because basic moral standards remain the same within society. A photographer stands on a long concrete road a camera clutched in his hands. He raises the camera to his face and captures an unforgettable moment. Huỳnh Công Út, professionally known as Nick Ut photographed The Terror of…show more content…
Rather, the napalm that hit Kim Phuc was an intimation of national defeat, as much as a record of individual tragedy. It lashed a wound and hardened, like a scar, into certainty.” (Neer 148). Americans retreated from Vietnam in March nineteen seventy-three, the same year the photo of Kim Phuc won the Pulitzer Prize. When the Americans left so did the napalms bombs they were
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