Larry Burrows. A brave type in a mortal struggle
Vietnam. 50 years. Photos of Larry Burrows
The Municipal Room of San Benito inaugurates the exhibition «Vietnam. 50 years. Photos of Larry Burrows» who can be contemplated until November 1, 2011.
Once again, the Room San Benito hangs the novelty cartel. It is the first time that one can contemplate in Spain a few photos of this graphic journalist and correspondent of London war. The motive of the exhibition is the commemoration of the beginning of the war of Vietnam (1961) presented in a monographic one of the conflict across the pictures that Larry Burrows took during its stay there, from its arrival in 1962 up to its death in the conflict, when in the helicopter in which he travels in the direction of a mission it fell down knocked down; it was February 10, 1972.
«There is no war without photo»
«There is no war without photo». Under this axiom of the German philosopher Ernst Junger they developed good part of the first conflicts of the XXth century. This way Mireia Alcón recognized it member of the Foundation Colectania during the presentation of this exhibition.
The Spanish Civil war supposed a good laboratory. Figures as Robert Capa arose like teachers of the graphic journalism. Later the Second World war was an authentic school. The war of the Vietnam supposed the end of the freedom of expression with which the graphic reporters usually worked up to this moment. Since then, the different governments will control the photos emission, or of any information regarding the conflicts. There was finished the massive diffusion of photos that were showing the cruelty of the conflict. This way one was finishing to influence to the public opinion. It is necessary to remember that it is in these moments, ends of the sixties, when there arise important groups of hippies (in America and in Europe, it tries it the May, 68 in Paris). that cry out for the peace with the scream of «Not to the war».
Larry Burrows was born in London in 1926. It was hired by the magazine «Life« where it began with developing works and it is there where it knows the work of Robert Capa. Little by little he was acquiring experience and specializing in the warlike conflicts. One of them was the tribal struggles in the Congo at the beginning of 1960 when the Belgians left the territory. In 1962 it is sent like graphic reporter to Vietnam covering the war for the magazine «Life«. In the beginning everything was going to be a routine work (as in recent warlike conflicts with Americans as protagonists), but it would be more than that. Between other things he would suppose the definitive consecration of Burrows as graphic reporter. He would suppose the ascent to the summit of the photojournalism like main information source and like suppliers of an information that would become uncomfortable of seeing in the calm hearths of the American society.
In the first years of the decade of 1960 USA he was sending “advisers“ to see as they were developing the conflict between two edicts. But in August, 1964 an American destroyer was attacked by the norvietnamitas what supposed the entry of the Americans in the conflict.
The first work that Burrows published in «Life« at once attracts attention. On the one hand it shows a more human aspect of the conflict with a portrait of the combatants in all its crudeness. Not only it painted the portrait of the soldiers in combat. It coexisted with them and could be one more of them and paint the portrait of the fellowship in the everyday life day by day. And for other it is of the first ones in realizing the photos to color, «a color with a few parameters that today would be difficult to be equal» in words of Mireia Alcón.
Its quota of high popularity will come to him when he publishes its most famous reportage and that is here present in the exhibition «Vietnam. 50 years. Photos of Larry Burrows». «One Ride with Yankee Papa 13» is the reportage realized from an American helicopter in a mission in which the American troops suffered a hard reverse. It consists of 21 photos in which Burrows demonstrated an implication high degree. To paint the portrait of the hardness and the tension of the mission did not hesitate to install one of its photographic machines with a support species on the outside of the airship to be able to have a frontal vision of the gunner. The reportage not only supposes capturing the event, the attack and the difficulties (and death of some of the soldiers) but a psychological portrait of one of the members of the team. The Londoner centred on a 21-year-old marine, James Farley, who forced by the conflict, will set off in the mission like an adolescent and will return like a man.
Barrows was not of permanent form ten years in the Asian southeast. Its chiefs entrusted to him different reportages removed from the front, but the English photographer, repeatedly it was returning to Vietnam to paint the portrait of the war. There it would find the death. One more mission, a flight in helicopter and, in this occasion, what you never think that it is going to happen happened (as there recognized before the questions of the reporters the proper son of Larry Burrows, Russel, during to the opening ceremony). An antiaircraft attack close to the border of Laos reached them. The whole crew died when the helicopter in which they were traveling smashed. It was February 10, 1972. Larry Burrows scarcely was counting with 45 years of age. Its remains could not be rescued on having been in a territory controlled by the hostile troops. It was not until March 31, 2008 when I can gain access to the place and this way be able to pay a tribute both to the deceased military men and to three graphic reporters who were traveling along with the English photographer.
In words of Francisco Javier León de la Riva, mayor of Valladolid «the War of the Vietnam supposed a beginning and an end in the free photojournalism».
The influence was such that the photos that Larry Burrows was sending from the front that would determine later performances. It is not that the War of Vietnam was getting lost for the influence of the public pressure. No, but if that in feeling of the American people drew and of very deep form the images of the tragedy, of the war in which its husbands were taking part, its children. And of course that owes to himself, between others, Larry Burrows, who with its works, with its photos made the color not alone to the war but the image of the horror.
Its reportages marked a style for pronounced distancing with the painted the portrait; it was observant foreign (English); he stayed removed from ideological and patriotic influences.
The exhibition «Vietnam. 50 years. Photos of Larry Burrows» it consists of close to 90 you photograph and it is possible thanks to the Town hall of Valladolid and the collaboration of Foundation Colectania, the gallery Lawrence Millar of New York and, to the proper son of the photographer, Russell Burrows (who San Benito came to the opening in the Room).
It is possible to meditate until November 1.
Different groups can come to this interesting appointment.
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On Monday, closed
Remains of Leica de Burrows found in the place of the accident.
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