I see a lot of amazing books at Blurb, but every once in a while one will really get stuck in my head. As is the case with Neal Ulevich’s “The Polaroid Portraits.” While covering the war in Vietnam as a photojournalist, “where Leicas and Nikons were the tools of the trade,” Ulevich took photos of his fellow correspondents with a Polaroid Land Camera. These quiet photos are a testimony to the courage and humanity of the journalists who risked their lives to inform the world about the war. But it’s not just the photos – his singular descriptions of the people and the time make it a vital, often heart-breaking book.
Here’s a look at a couple of spreads from Ulevich’s book. And, yes, that is Hunter S. Thompson, shown here in Saigon during his time reporting for Rolling Stone.