In this Tuesday, April 19, 2011 photo, Associated Press Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Nick Ut poses for a photo in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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It would seem all but impossible to sum up one of the most distinguished careers in photojournalism in only four words, but that's just what Nick Ut does when he says, "From hell to Hollywood".And the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, who is retiring this month after 51 years with The Associated Press, has the pictures to prove it, the most famous being a stunning black-and-white image from the Vietnam War that's come to be known simply as "Napalm Girl". On a recent morning in a conference room of the AP's Los Angeles bureau, Ut clicks through a portfolio showing a few of his most famous images.Now a 53-year-old wife and mother of two who lives in Canada, Kim Phuc remains Ut's close friend.But her photo, dramatic as it was, represented only a small slice of the horror Ut saw during those war years.Huynh was hired by the AP and was on assignment in 1965 when he and a group of soldiers he was with were overrun by Viet Cong rebels who killed everyone.At his brother's funeral, Ut approached the late Horst Faas, photo editor for AP's Saigon bureau, to ask for a job. It was there he met his wife, Hong Huynh, another Vietnamese ex-pat. She even hailed from the same neighborhood as Ut, but the two had never met.
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