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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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David Hume Kennerly
Two GI's in Vietnam,  David Hume Kennerly, UT Center for American History

Photograph by: David Hume Kennerly, 1971
A soldier sits on weary alert behind his machine gun after heavy fighting on Easter Sunday in Vietnam and a GI walks across the devastated landscape. Kennerly's photos from the Vietnam War earned him a Pulitzer Prize--the industry's highest honor. The Pulitzer committee said that his images "captured the loneliness and desolation of war."
audio clip"The Pulitzer Portfolio", David Hume Kennerly - transcript
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American forces in Vietnam suffered 2,348 dead and 18,109 wounded in 1971, compared to the worst year of the war, 1968, when they suffered a stunning 16,511 dead and 87,388 wounded.
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Describe the surroundings and the physical characteristics of the people in the photos. What does that tell you about the people captured in the pictures? What was the photographer trying to accomplish?
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