Tim Page, a photographer best known for his work depicting the Vietnam War, has died. He was 78 years old.
Page died of liver cancer at his home in New South Wales, Australia on Wednesday, his partner Marianne Harris confirmed to The New York Times.
The British photojournalist began covering the Vietnam War in 1965 aged 20, and his photos have been published around the world, The Washington Post reports.
Page risked his own life to get close to the action. He was injured four times during his assignment. On one occasion he was hit by shrapnel and lost part of his brain, according to the Job. He spent months rehabilitating before returning to work.
Page was partly the inspiration for Dennis Hopper’s war photographer character in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Revelation now.
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In 2013, Page said Vice why war photography was important and may have ultimately changed the course of the Vietnam War.
“I can say without a doubt that the media coverage has affected public opinion. Any war image is an anti-war image,” he said at the time. “I think it was the first and last war that was ever fully openly reported.”
“There had never been this kind of instant coverage of a conflict. I’m not saying photography stopped the Vietnam War, I think it helped sway public opinion,” he said. he continued. “It seemed to have a creeping effect on the American psyche when virtually every small town had someone coming home in a coffin. It either forced it to end or helped it end.”
Page also spoke about the toll of war coverage on his life in a 2010 interview with The New York Times.
“I don’t think anyone who goes through something like war comes out of it unscathed,” he said at the time.