Although they get credit in captions, photojournalists work in comparative obscurity.
So it’s worth noting that Nick Ut has announced his retirement from the Associated Press.
He’s the guy who took this picture.
After Ut, who was 21 when he took the picture, snapped the image of 9-year old Kim Phuc, he rushed her to the hospital, which initially refused to help her, considering her too badly burned to save.
So Ut flashed his press credentials and told the hospital staff that the next day her image would be flashed all over the world along with a caption about the hospital’s refusal to help her.
Initially, the AP refused to transmit the photo because of its policy against nudity.