E Q U I E M
Born: April, 1927, in Da Lat, Vietnam
Died: February 10, 1971 in Laos
Son of a French father and a Vietnamese mother, he moved with his family from Da Lat to France when he was five years old.
Educated in Brittany and at art school in Rennes, Huet started out as a painter, then went into the army, which sent him to study photography.
At 22, he returned to Vietnam as a French combat photographer, and stayed on after his discharge as a civilian photographer for the American and French governments. He went to work for UPI, and later switched to the AP.
Henri won the Robert Capa gold medal in 1967. He was respected for his bravery, dignity and skill, and he was loved for his kindness and sense of humor. He was killed with his colleagues, Larry Burrows of LIFE, Kent Potter of UPI, and Keisaburo Shimamoto who was working for NEWSWEEK, when their helicopter was shot down over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.
(Requiem / Dirck Halstead )
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