Some still photos are seared so deeply into our collective psyche that they can be conjured in vivid detail merely by their mention.
Case in point: “Napalm Girl.”
That single photograph of a young Vietnamese girl running naked from a napalm bomb that was dropped on her hamlet riveted the nation in 1972. It won the Pulitzer Prize for photographer Nick Ut, who went on to have a storied career with the Associated Press.
Art House sat down this week with Ut and the other makers of the documentary to discuss the photo, the life of a famed news photographer and the lasting power of still photography.
“I think that the world would have lost a wonderful human being that Kim Phúc is without Nick taking that picture and being there to help get her to the hospital,” said Scott Templeton, a producer and editor of the film.
“It’s debatable, but I think the Vietnam War may have gone on a bit longer without this photograph.”
To learn much more about the film, watch the attached Art House video.