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War is hell. And those most affected by the ravages and destruction left in its wake are the innocent or collateral damage as they have come to be called. With our current 24-hour news cycles and sound bites, the general public could easily forget the atrocities happening around the world if it weren't for the brave photojournalists who have been on the frontlines of these conflicts. Sixty years ago, it was Vietnam. In this issue of Opus12, we would like to introduce you a timeless print that brings to light the good, the bad, and the ugly of war - an image that was to sway public opinion and change government policy.

Jean-Claude Sauer
Van Tuong, Viet-Nam, January 1965
Lambda print, numbered, dated, stamped and signed on back.
Size:12 x 15.7 in

Jean-Claude Sauer was on staff at Paris-Match for forty years while simultaneously working for Life Magazine. He covered conflicts in Biafra, Algeria, Afghanistan, and Yemen, but it was Vietnam where he spent six months in 1965-1966, returning several times until the end of the war.

In January 1965, he was at Van-Tuong village where Marines and Vietcong were fighting. "I was maybe one mile out of the village. I saw this soldier running across the plain. He was carrying something in his arms. I shot several times. When he arrived in front of me, he stopped. The baby he had tried to save was dead. There were tears in his eyes." This image was published as a full page in Life magazine and helped trigger pacifists movements in the USA. Jean-Claude Sauer died in 2012 from exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the Vietnam War.


NOTE: Only two prints were ever made by Jean-Claude Sauer. We hold one. However his family wishes to honor his memory by offering Estate prints, stamped and certified, and printed by the original printer.

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