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Nick Ut and ‘Napalm Girl’ revisit American war site in Vietnam 50 years after iconic photo

Nick Ut and ‘Napalm Girl’ revisit American war site in Vietnam 50 years after iconic photo

Friday, November 11, 2022, 16:40 GMT+7
Nick Ut and ‘Napalm Girl’ revisit American war site in Vietnam 50 years after iconic photo
Phan Thi Kim Phuc and foreign tourists pose for a photo during their tour across Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

Photographer Nick Ut, or Huynh Cong Ut, recently reunited with Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl in the famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972, in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, where the picture was taken 50 years ago.

Nick Ut and Kim Phuc returned to Trang Bang accompanied by a group of foreign tourists and reporters.

Ho Thi Bon, another girl who appeared in the photo and currently sells beverages near Trang Bang Temple, also joined the group.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc poses for a photo at Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc poses for a photo at Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

“This reunion is significant because it is the first time in 50 years that the two major characters in my renowned photograph have met again in the location where the photograph was taken.

“The meeting only took place for two hours but had been longed for 50 years,” Ut shared.

Recently, Ut and Phuc travelled together on a cruise that included stops in Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Following the visit, Phuc and her husband left for Poland to participate in a discussion on ways to aid Ukrainian refugees, while Ut flew from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

From left, Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, and Ho Thi Bon pose for a photo with the world-famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
From left, Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, and Ho Thi Bon pose for a photo with the world-famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

Ut won numerous awards for the photo, officially called "The Terror of War" but often referred to as "Napalm Girl". 

The photo was taken during an attack near Phuc's village, which led to the girl's tearing off her burning clothes and run.

Ut and other photographers took her to a nearby hospital.

Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc sign a photo of ‘Napalm Girl’ during a meeting at the Vietnam Press Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc sign a photo of ‘Napalm Girl’ during a meeting at the Vietnam Press Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

The photo ran on the front pages of many newspapers in the United States, and its brutal imagery became a powerful force in the anti-war movement around the world.

Phuc moved to Canada after the war and is now a UNESCO ambassador. 

Ut moved to Los Angeles and became a Hollywood photographer.

Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc visit the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc visit the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc strike a bell at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc strike a bell at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc and her husband visit the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc and her husband visit the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

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Photographer Nick Ut, or Huynh Cong Ut, recently reunited with Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the girl in the famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972, in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, where the picture was taken 50 years ago.

Nick Ut and Kim Phuc returned to Trang Bang accompanied by a group of foreign tourists and reporters.

Ho Thi Bon, another girl who appeared in the photo and currently sells beverages near Trang Bang Temple, also joined the group.

Phan Thi Kim Phuc poses for a photo at Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc poses for a photo at Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

“This reunion is significant because it is the first time in 50 years that the two major characters in my renowned photograph have met again in the location where the photograph was taken.

“The meeting only took place for two hours but had been longed for 50 years,” Ut shared.

Recently, Ut and Phuc travelled together on a cruise that included stops in Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Following the visit, Phuc and her husband left for Poland to participate in a discussion on ways to aid Ukrainian refugees, while Ut flew from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

From left, Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, and Ho Thi Bon pose for a photo with the world-famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
From left, Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, and Ho Thi Bon pose for a photo with the world-famous photo ‘Napalm Girl’ in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

Ut won numerous awards for the photo, officially called "The Terror of War" but often referred to as "Napalm Girl". 

The photo was taken during an attack near Phuc's village, which led to the girl's tearing off her burning clothes and run.

Ut and other photographers took her to a nearby hospital.

Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc sign a photo of ‘Napalm Girl’ during a meeting at the Vietnam Press Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc sign a photo of ‘Napalm Girl’ during a meeting at the Vietnam Press Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

The photo ran on the front pages of many newspapers in the United States, and its brutal imagery became a powerful force in the anti-war movement around the world.

Phuc moved to Canada after the war and is now a UNESCO ambassador. 

Ut moved to Los Angeles and became a Hollywood photographer.

Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc visit the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc visit the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc strike a bell at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Nick Ut and Phan Thi Kim Phuc strike a bell at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc and her husband visit the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied
Phan Thi Kim Phuc and her husband visit the Saigon Central Post Office in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

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