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Pulitzer winning war photographer Horst Faas dies at 79

People: Horst known for training talent,those under his tutelage included ‘nick’ ut

Written by Associated Press | New York | Published: May 12, 2012 1:18:27 am

As chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962,Horst Faas didn’t just cover the fighting,he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.

The result was “Horst’s army” of young photographers,who fanned out with Faas-supplied cameras and film and stern orders to “come back with good pictures.”

He and his editors chose the best and put together a steady flow of telling photos,South Vietnam’s soldiers fighting and its civilians struggling to survive.

Faas,a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world’s legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with the AP,died Thursday in Munich,said his daughter,Clare Faas. He was 79.

A native of Germany who joined the US-based news cooperative there in 1956,Faas photographed wars,revolutions,the Olympic Games and events in between.

But he was best known for covering Vietnam,where he was severely wounded in 1967 and won four major photo awards including the first of his two Pulitzers.

Among his top proteges was Huynh Thanh My,who in 1965 became one of four AP staffers killed in the 15-year war. My’s younger brother,Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut,followed his brother at AP and under Faas’s tutelage won one of the news agency’s six Vietnam War Pulitzer Prizes,for his iconic 1972 picture of a badly burned Vietnamese girl fleeing an aerial napalm attack.

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