Larry Burrows

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Larry Burrows (29 May 1926 in London – 10 February 1971 in Laos) was an English photojournalist best known for his pictures of the American involvement in the Vietnam War.


Burrows was born in London in 1926. He left school at age 16 and took a job in Life magazine's London bureau, where he printed photographs. Some accounts blame Burrows for melting photographer Robert Capa's D-Day negatives in the drying cabinet, but in fact it was another technician, according to John G. Morris.

Burrows went on to become a photographer and covered the war in Vietnam from 1962 until his death in 1971.

One of his most famous collections, published first in LIFE Magazine 16APR1965, was titled "One Ride with Yankee Papa 13" . Incredible because in the midst of a battle, with death a very real potential for the photographer, Larry Burrows, pieces together in twenty-two pictures a metaphor for what seems to be America's (and formerly France's) experience of the war. Burrows even mounts a camera on the outside of the copter machine gun mount focused back to the helicopter and his subject.

The photo essay begins with an outdoor briefing for the marines with some sense of the seventeen helicopters and many soldiers that will be involved in the operation. Lance Cpl....
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