Agent Orange: “Collateral Damage” in Viet Nam. Philip Jones Griffiths.
Photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths
Concept and text by Philip Jones Griffiths
text and research assistant Lila Lee
Published by Trolley Books, 2003.
[Limited edition: Embossed black cloth box with book and signed print (choice of two), edition of 200.]
[Purchase: Out of print]
"Between 1961 and 1971 the United States dropped approximately 46 million litres of Agent Orange - a herbicide containing the highly toxic waste product dioxin - on South Vietnam. Some 20,000 villages were sprayed, affecting an estimated five million people."
Philip Jones Griffiths was a Welsh photojournalist known for his work documenting the horror of war in Vietnam. His first book Vietnam Inc. was published in 1971. His second book Agent Orange brings attention to the consequences of using herbicide over the field of Vietnam duing the war. Agent orange contained dioxin, the most deadliest chemical created by human. Griffiths photographed children and grandchildren of the farmers who were contaminated by the chemical. “They live with missing and malformed limbs, mental retardation, without eyes, two sets of elbows and knees, celebral palsy, spina bifida and internal organs growing on the outsie of their bodies”. Griffiths documented the full horrors of the genetic effects of Agent Orange at Tu Du Hospital in Saigon.
The jacket and end papers feature US airforce maps of spraying rounds. Each section provides a brief introduction to prepare the viewer to the visual. Black and white images capture deserted areas, deformed bodies, destroyed lives and insecure future. The book ends with the story of how and why agent orange was manifactured. Beautiful and horrific, the book is a tribute to all the victims and a call for justice and resposbility.
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