Griffiths, Philip Jones. (6 of 9). Oral History of British Photography

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    Phaidon publishers office, London, United Kingdom

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    Griffiths, Philip Jones, 1936- (speaker, male)

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    Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)

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    Part 6. Losing a work opportunity because it was in b&w meant Magnum suggested he shoot in colour so much of his Vietnam work is converted from colour. Discussion of iconic photo of bandaged woman with hand in front of face and label. Always conscious of the process and aware when he has the photo or has missed it. Return to London and editing the book. Attitude to danger and comments about others. Motivation was the desire to produce a definitive record rather than to change public opinion. Felt the US has smart bombs and the Vietnamese smart minds. Remarks about why he chose to republish Vietnam Inc. Banned from Vietnam after the book was published.

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