Photographer behind burning monk image dies

The phone calls went out from Saigon’s Xa-Loi Buddhist pagoda to members of the foreign news corps.

Written by Associated Press | New York | Published: August 29, 2012 1:38:45 am

The phone calls went out from Saigon’s Xa-Loi Buddhist pagoda to members of the foreign news corps. The message: Be at a certain location tomorrow for a “very important” happening. Next morning,June 11,1963,aides drenched a monk named Thich Quang Duc with aviation fuel and the monk calmly lit a match and set himself ablaze.

Of the foreign journalists alerted to the political protest against South Vietnam’s US-supported government,only one,Malcolm Browne of The Associated Press,showed up. The photos he took appeared on front pages around the globe and sent shudders all the way to the White House,prompting President John F. Kennedy to order a re-evaluation of his administration’s Vietnam policy.

Browne died late Monday at a New Hampshire hospital. He was 81 years old.

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