It was in 1972,he took the image during napalm bombing in Vietnam.
His Vietnam picture created history.The whole world discussed the photograph that shook the American government and army.
The US president Nixon rejected the photo as fake one,first.However,when the survivor Kim told the real incident, he had no option other than trusting it.
“I took camera at an age of 16.My brother was an AP ‘s war photographer.He died in a war.”
Huynh Thanh My, his brother,was killed in 1965 He was hit by a bullet,while covering war. After his funeral, Ut showed up at the AP’s Saigon bureau, trying to get a job. That’s how Ut entered AP.
After retiring from the AP,he continues his profession as freelance.Now,he is contributing photos to AP and Getty images.
Ut recollects the anxious moments when he captured the Vietnam war photo of a girl,running for her life at a war zone.
Immediately after taking the picture,he took the child to a military hospital.It was very difficult to get treatment in such a conflict-filled situation.
The hospital was running by the American government.
However,Ut was determined to save the girl’s life and compelled them to give immediate treatment.
Nick Ut has a clear cut vision,the need of being a good humanitarian at conflict zones and wars.
“I was sure that if treatment gets delayed,the girl would be no more. She was in such a serious condition.I took her,covering her body with my coat and rushed to the hospital in my car.I left to my office,only after ensuring her treatment.If she had lost her life, I would have ended my life,too.”
He underscores the need of saving the lives of victims in war fronts along with photo coverage.His advice to photo journalists is “Don’t just watch people dying.Try to save lives.”
For Ut and the whole world,it was game-changer photograph.