Photographer Horst Faas Dies

Pulitzer Prize-winner covered Vietnam War

Horst Faas

Horst Faas     Photo: le dieu/Flickr

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Associated Press editor Horst Faas died in Munich on Thursday at age 79. Faas was best known for his images from the Vietnam War, where he was severely wounded in by a rocket-propelled grenade in 1967. He used a wheelchair the rest of his life, but continued to recruit and mentor new freelancers, creating a team of war photographers who became known as "Horst's army." That group included Vietnamese freelancer Huynh Cong Ut, who became known for a striking 1972 photograph of a Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm attack. "Horst Faas was a giant in the world of photojournalism whose extraordinary commitment to telling difficult stories was unique and remarkable," said AP vice president and director of photography Santiago Lyon.

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