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This review is from: Page After Page (Paperback)
The impact that photographers and print journalist caused in the Vietnam War is still being played out today - with the control of the media in the wars that came after it a more or less direct result of lose of control of the media in Vietnam. The story of Tim Page is one of the more interesting stories to emerge from the group of men and women who covered the war. This book involves more than just the war in Vietnam, telling most of his life story up to the time of publication.
As he ages through the early parts of the book is progress is mapped by a growing size of his bicycle. Disenchanted with suburban life he heads off on the "Hippy Trail" and after a number of years happens to be in Laos with a camera in 1964 - in the middle of battlefield, and on the edge of what was to become to defining conflict of the time. With little or no experience and initially using a "borrowed Nikon" he went on to shoot some of the most recognizable images of the war. His friendships with Dana Stone and Sean Flynn are central to his story in Vietnam and the impact of their deaths central to his response to his life after it.
His approach to photography was a living embodiment of the idea that "if your photographs are not good enough, you are not close enough" and he was wounded on a number of occasions. His life after the war was clearly difficult - although he now seems to be settled in Brisbane, Australia.
In the 80's and 90's it would have been easy to say that journalism of the style carried out by Page was dead - with all journalists in military areas being sanctioned and embedded, with the flow of information out of the war zone strictly controlled and censored. However, the rise of the "citizen journalist" based around the Web may be taking journalism back towards a more uncontrolled state - and if you can read anything into this book, you would have to think that Page would approve of this.
A really interesting story, which is well told - although some may find the hippy argot a little dated.
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Stewart M says:
Have not seen the DVD - but its on amazon
Frankie's House  [DVD]
I assume you have read Dispatches by M. Herr - Page shows up in this as well. It is also thought that the "Mad Photographer" at the top of the river in Apocalypse Now (played by Dennis Hopper) is based on Page.
Dispatches is at
and my review is the second most recent
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