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A marine screams in pain, Operation Prairie, near the DMZ

Date 1967 (printed 2005)
Location Vietnam
Dimensions Image: 17 15/16 x 12 1/16 in. (45.6 x 30.6 cm)
Paper: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Print medium Photo-Chromogenic

Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection
Section: War
Twenty-one-year-old Catherine Leroy boarded a one-way flight to Laos, with two hundred dollars in her pocket and no wartime experience, to photograph the Vietnam War
(1954–75). The only female photojournalist in Vietnam, Leroy became known for her fearlessness. The close-up of a marine screaming in pain was taken under fire near
the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam. Getting closer with each frame, Leroy took a series of photographs that captured the man’s intense anguish and showed her ability to document raw and powerful scenes under high pressure. Leroy’s femininity has continually been highlighted as somehow unsuited to war photography, despite her proven and outstanding bravery. But in a war with no end in sight, Leroy’s commitment and courage gave a public face to the soldiers’ pain and unclaimed heroism.

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Gift of Melanie and Ken Light, 2011

Feedback Accession No. 2011.73.8