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Larry Burrows - Winston Churchill Moved to Tears
Larry Burrows - Winston Churchill Moved to Tears
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 Medium: Silver printMount: unmountedPhoto Date: 1955Print Date: 1955cDimensions: 14-1/4 x 11-1/4 in. (362 x 286 mm)Photo Country: United Kingdom (UK)Photographer Country: United Kingdom (UK)  

Winston Churchill, 81, was moved to tears by a tribute during his first major speech after his retirement as Prime Minister in Woodford, England. Signed on the verso in black crayon. Larry Burrows (1926-71), a British photojournalist, was born a London Cockney and joined the Daily Express as a messenger boy, moved to the Keystone Agency as a darkroom assistant, then to Life magazine as a printer. Burrows' capacity to match his images with witty text brought him success across a wide range of publications, including Time, Life, Quick, Stern, and Paris-Match, and with such unlikely subjects as the novelist C. P. Snow in a four-poster bed. From 1961 to 1971 he worked out of Hong Kong for Life, a handy placement when the Vietnam War erupted. He accompanied the US forces, showing the whole panoply of combat from helicopter flights to parachute drops, the gore of battle and the evacuation of the wounded. Life advertised a cover story with "In Color: Ugly War in Vietnam". But his color was all shades of mud, khaki, and olive, splashed with scarlet. Burrows remarked: "I can't afford the luxury of thinking about what could happen to me." He died, camera in hand, when his helicopter was shot down at Lang vie, South Vietnam. He is considered to be one of the greatest war photojournalists. His book, "The Compassionate Photographer", is an emotional recap of his work.

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