Larry Burrows was born in London in 1926. He died in 1971 with fellow photojournalists Henri Huet, Kent Potter and Keisaburo Shimamoto, when their helicopter was shot down over Laos.
One of his most famous collections, published first in LIFE Magazine on 16 April 1965, was entitled “One Ride with Yankee Papa 13″. It pictures, amongst other people, James Farley the skinny 21-year-old crew chief-door gunner on Yankee Papa 13, someone who should have been at home with a girlfriend or surfing a lovely beach, instead he was fighting a war started by people who did not go there themselves.
The incredible danger that Larry went through to get his photos are the sole reminder of what James Farley and the others went through that day. Below are a few of the photos he took.
In the photo below Larry has obviously got out of his helicopter and gone with the crew to photograph the attempt to save the pilot of the crashed helicopter all the while under fire from the VietCong.
And afterwards you can the the emotion that came out of James Farley after it was all over.
James Ravilious was born in Eastbourne in Sussex in 1939, sadly he died at the fairly young age of sixty in 1999.
I think that he is, of the photographers work I know, one of the most underestimated of photographers.
His earlier photographs were largely taken with a Leica M3 using modern Leica lenses, he than started to use early uncoated Leitz lenses that are renowned for their ‘drawing’ qualities and that gave a rounded feel to his images. He mostly used 400asa film.
While he took photographs in other parts of the UK, France, Italy, Greece and Ireland, his best known work was taken within a ten mile radius of Beaford in Devon.
He had been commissioned by the Beaford archive to record the life in this rural area.
For seventeen years he photographed in this small area taking 80,000 images. Not only did he take the photographs but printed them himself.
He knew the people he photographed and they accepted him, his beautiful composition and his skill in making wonderful use of light give a lovely luminous and intimate quality to his pictures.
Maybe his most famous book is called ‘An English eye’.
Have a look at his web page for more images.
Shepherds going out to find a missing lamb. Densham farm, Devon 1981.
Archie Parkhouse leading his sheep, Millham, Devon 1982.
This photo was taken on a bus and blind (pointing the camera by guess work) with a compact with a 75 mm lens, she was thirty feet or so away so it has been severely cropped and then processed with DXO film pac 3 to look like Ektachrome 100.
Leica M6, 35mm Summicron f2 asph, Ilford FP4. (125asa)