Sunday, June 12, 2016

"We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" : Unseen ,Long forgotten pictures taken by American soldiers and packed away for decades are unearthed

Via David

Photo editor Kendra Rennick began soliciting Vietnam War veterans for images they took during their tour of duty as a way to show an untold side of history

Here are the unseen photographs of the Vietnam War, taken by American soldiers during their tours of duty.

Unlike the iconic images taken by photojournalists that have come to characterize the war, photo editor Kendra Rennick was interested in 'snap shots and candid moments' from the soldiers themselves.

The project was initially inspired by Rennick's close friend, whose father died and left behind a box of slides he had taken during the war.

The veteran returned home with post traumatic stress disorder, but never spoke of his time in Vietnam, leaving behind unanswered questions and untold stories marked only by the box of images.

Through The Vietnam Slide Project, Rennick hopes to shine a light on the unseen history while honoring each participating veteran as a person and collaborator.
'There are so many memories that have never been told because of the way media and even the government viewed this conflict,' she told

'I am most interested in photo slides for their aesthetic, as well as slides’ original intention.

'The idea that slides are shot with the hopes of being shown to a group of people and projected on a wall interests me. Most people have no way of viewing their slides so they usually sit in a box untouched or viewed.'

Rennick is soliciting more slides as she hopes to grow the ongoing archival project.  

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