Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Ut to Appear at the Art Center

The Ojai Art Center will host Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut for a special event on Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Art Center Theater.

The presentation will include a slideshow of Ut’s photographs to be followed by a question and answer session with the artist.

Ut rose to fame with his iconic Vietnam War photo of several children fleeing a botched napalm attack on their village on June 8, 1972. Central to the photo was an unclothed nine-year-old girl, Kim Phuc. Once it hit the press, the picture quickly gained widespread distribution, affected the hearts and minds of people all over the world, and marked a turning point in the conflict.

“As a Vietnam veteran and photographer, Nick’s images from the war leave an indelible mark in my memory,” says Art Center photography chair David Baker. “They truly tell the horror of war, especially for the innocents. The ‘Napalm Girl’ image shows that better than any image I have seen.”

According to legend, Ut used his media credential to get Phuc and other children admitted to a hospital following the moment he captured on film. Ut said in a past interview that the girl was initially “very upset about the picture.”

Her story, however, has a happy ending. Today she lives in Canada and does humanitarian work. The two are still in communication to this day.

Tickets for Ut’s presentation are available in advance at ojaiact.tix.com.

For more information on Ut’s appearance or any other Ojai Art Center event, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org or call 805-646-0117.