The Vietnam War, or perhaps more appropriately ‘The American War in Vietnam’, is one of the most complex and divisive of recent times. With advancements in television broadcast capability, the conflict saw unprecedented press coverage, with the horrors of war delivered daily to Western living rooms for the first time. The impact that the press and its imagery had on public perception of the war was significant. It contributed to America losing its innocence as a nation and gave birth to the popular distrust in government that intensifies to this day.
For every iconic Vietnam war era photograph seared into public memory, there are thousands more that tell the story of the war and its moments in a different way. In a single frame soldiers could be immortalised, demonised or sympathised with. While a picture can tell a thousand words, it tells little of whats happening outside the borders of its frame; it is this context of many of the wars images that was lost or untold, for better or for worse.
This is a short series of video recreations of lesser known Vietnam war photographs and moments created in 2012.