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Paris: Major exhibit on Vietnam War photographer Henri Huet opens Feb. 9

January 05, 2011|By Susan James | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Among Henri Huet's iconic Vietnam War images is this one, showing First Cavalry Division medic Thomas Cole, of Richmond, Va., right, with one of his own eyes bandaged, treating wounded Staff Sgt. Harrison Pell during a 1966 firefight.
Among Henri Huet's iconic Vietnam War images is this one, showing… (Henri Huet / Associated…)

When French photographer Henri Huet died at age 43 in a helicopter crash over Laos in 1971, he left behind a collection of images showing not only the horrors of the Vietnam War but also the compassion and humanity shared by its combatants. 

On Feb. 9 La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, a center for contemporary photographic art in Paris, will open a major exhibition of Huet’s work, which was featured in news reports around the world through Associated Press. The show, marking the 40th anniversary of the photographer's death, runs through April 3.

Son of a French engineer and Vietnamese mother, Huet was born in Vietnam, raised in France and trained as an artist.  He returned to his mother’s homeland as a combat photographer with the French military and stayed on to document the country’s protracted civil war. 

Huet's internationally acclaimed photographs not only informed the public of ongoing events but helped to shape the way Americans viewed the conflict.

Info: La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. Adult admission is about  $9.

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