As chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962,Horst Faas didnt just cover the fighting,he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.
The result was Horsts 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 Vietnams 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 worlds 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. Mys younger brother,Huynh Cong Nick Ut,followed his brother at AP and under Faass tutelage won one of the news agencys six Vietnam War Pulitzer Prizes,for his iconic 1972 picture of a badly burned Vietnamese girl fleeing an aerial napalm attack.