View From Above

category: > History Now/Then, > Printed Matters

written by: Jaap Proost

WAR can be horrible and beautiful at the same time, as you can see on this spread in LIFE magazine from January 1963. Famous war photographer Larry Burrows shot this picture of a napalm bombing in Vietnam from a T-28 Trojan aircraft. He persuaded the pilot to fly so low that the airplane went through part of the fireball after Burrows made the picture. The title of the piece was ‘We Wade Deeper Into A Jungle War’ and LIFE had asked Burrows to shoot in color. Until then no war had been satisfactorily photographed in color. Larry Burrows made some iconic pictures if the Vietnam War. He died in 1971 when his helicopter was shot above Laos.


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