Griffiths, Philip Jones. (4 of 9). Oral History of British Photography
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Griffiths, Philip Jones, 1936- (speaker, male)
Read, Shirley, (speaker, female)
Part 4. Description of his Vietnam years, small assignments, mostly penniless, Magnum was useful. The Vietnamese reminded him of the Welsh. Desire to find out what was going on so travelled the length and breadth of Vietnam to do it. Motivated to republish by American rewriting of history of Vietnam war. Felt at home, stayed in small hotels then with Vietnamese family. Spoke a little Vietnamese. Was surreptitious about his aims and decided to avoid journalists because he was nervous of censorship. Difficulties with equipment. Contact with CIA reports. Perceived the press as mostly pro war, it was the American people who turned against it. Comments on the British in Malaya and the strategic hamlets policy and Vietnamese history. Comments on the ease of travelling and the need to travel light.