The power of the image in war: A discussion in San Francisco

Oct. 31, 2013
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"Vietnam: The Real War" (Abrams; Oct. 1, 2013; 304 pages; 300 photographs; US $40.00/CAN $45.00/UK £25)
The photographic history of the Vietnam War and the challenges that photojournalists face in today’s combat zones will be discussed on Nov. 14, at the Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., in San Francisco. 

The conversation, starting at 6 p.m., will be moderated by Robert Rosenthal, executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and will feature:
 
•    Peter Arnett, Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam reporter for AP
•    Mike Cerre, Vietnam veteran, former ABC News war correspondent
•    Julie Jacobson, AP  photographer, formerly embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan
•    Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography whose team earned a Pulitzer Prize last spring for Breaking News Photography of the Syrian civil war.
 
The discussion follows the publication of “Vietnam: The Real War,” subtitled “A Photographic History by the Associated Press” (Abrams; Oct. 1, 2013; 304 pages; 300 photographs; US $40.00/CAN $45.00/UK £25).

The panel will touch on such points as the relatively easy access to the battlefront that journalists enjoyed in Vietnam, compared to the embed process in Iraq and Afghanistan directed by the Pentagon, and the enduring power of the still image in the video age. Panelists will also address how technology has dramatically changed the way news organizations get photos from the field and distribute them globally.

"Vietnam: The Real War" collects more than 300 standout images from the AP archives, including iconic frames by such influential AP photojournalists as Eddie Adams, Horst Faas, Henri Huet, Dang Van Phuoc and Nick Ut, who is expected to attend the discussion.

A book signing and reception will follow the event.  Admission is free, but registration is required.

Arnett, Lyon, Jacobson and Cerre will resume their discussion on Nov. 15, at Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, Calif.) at 7 p.m.

Learn more about the book and AP's coverage of the Vietnam War at: http://www.ap.org/explore/vietnam-the-real-war/.

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