|Photographer Nick Ut (L)
The 5 photos given by Nick Ut include 4 photos taken by him and one shot by his colleague. But they are all about Phan Thi Kim Phuc who was seriously burned by US napalm bombing on June 8, 1972 in Trang Bang, TayNinh.
The picture taken by Ut’s co-worker captured the moment while Nick Ut was pouring water onto Phan Thi Kim Phuc, calming her down while waiting for the ambulance. He also donated his Nikkormat - one of the cameras used by Nick Ut during the war in Vietnam.
Speaking at the ceremony, Nick Ut said that, on the occasion of 45 years since the event, he returned to Vietnam to showcase the photos at the Vietnam Women's Museum. Many places in the world have exhibited photos and documents about Kim Phuc and the Vietnam Women's Museum, he suggested.
He hopes that the display of the picture of the Vietnamese girl connected to a historical event bearing many traces of the catastrophic war in Vietnam will draw much attention from not only Vietnamese women, but also the international community. He also said that the Vietnam Women's Museum is the best place to exhibit a photo telling a story about a woman.
As said by Ut, the little girl PhanThi Kim Phuc on his photo now leads a peaceful life with her family. She has been invited as a speaker, recounting the story of the Vietnam War across the world, especially at many US universities.
Nguyen Thi Van - Director of the Vietnam Women’s Museum received the artifacts offered by Nick Ut. The photos will be on display at the museum from now until May 18th in celebration of the International Museum Day in 2017 with the theme "Museum and History: Sharing the Untold Stories At the museum".By Duy Tien