This is an old book and it has been on my shelf for awhile and I pulled it down for a reread. Glad I did. At the incredibly young age of 21, I think I got that right, Page, through chance and having been living in the SE Asia zone slipped into the role of stringer/photographer for UPI in Viet Nam. He travelled all over the South and photographed everything, working his way up to a gig with TIME and LIFE. His best friend was photographer Sean Flynn (son of movie star Erroll) who worked for Paris Match, Time/Life and UPI. Flynn was captured in April 1970 and is listed as MIA.
Page was wounded four times. The last wounds were severe including head trauma. The sourece was a mine, what we now call IED, made from a recovered US 105mm shell. Page is unsparing in detailing his use of drugs, his psychological battles, the physical details of his long recovery. His survival is a wonder due in part to his kind friends and to his discovery and embrace of buddhism.
He is now in Australia, working for an Australian photo agency and teaching photojournalism.
I plan on buying a copy of Tim Page’s Nam, a collection of his Viet Nam War photos in the next month. I have a copy of his later return to Viet Nam photo book The Mindful Moment and clearly he is an artist as well as a journalist.