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Vietnam War Portraits (Hardback)

The Faces and Voices

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Biography & Memoirs

By Thomas Sanders
Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 100 portraits, 44 object images
ISBN: 9781612007038
Published: 15th January 2020



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Featuring modern portraits and first-hand accounts, this book offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War, bringing together the stories of American Vietnam war veterans, southern Vietnamese war veterans and civilians.


The surreal imagery of Thomas Sanders' vivid portraits encourages the viewer to take a closer look at those who experienced the war, giving them a chance to read the haunting, inspirational, and sometimes comical stories of the individuals of the Vietnam War. Set in a surreal jungle environment, the portraits evoke the sense of darkness and uncertainty felt by those who experienced the war. Some of the portraits hold objects that relate to their role or experience during their time in the service. The objects tell a deeper story of a dark and confusing war: the common cigarette pack smoked by the vets while in the jungle; a homemade grenade made by the northern Vietnamese; and a “order to report” document – a piece of paper that changed many a life.


Vietnam Portraits serves as a form of catharsis for the many people involved in the Vietnam War and honours them by giving them an opportunity to tell their story, bearing witness to their service, their experiences and the aftermath.

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About Thomas Sanders

Thomas Sander's first book The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII was named 'Editors Choice Non‐Fiction Book of the Year in 2010' by Forewords Review Magazine. Sanders is a photographer who has exhibited his work around the country, and worked with a number of advertising/editorial clients, both internationally and nationally after receiving his BFA from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His art focuses on photographic portraiture, exploring subcultures by blending creative expression with a cultural anthropological approach to society.

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