Monday, September 19, 2016

Vietnam Slide Project - Unseen Photographs Taken by Veterans Show Another Side of the Vietnam War You Don't Usually See

The Vietnam Slide Project was created by Kendra Rennick, a photo editor in New York who began collecting photo slides after a close friend lost her father, a Vietnam veteran. Her friend found a box of slides that her father had taken while in Vietnam, and from there Rennick has continued to collect photographs that Vietnam veterans took during their tours of duty.

“I am interested in a wide range of roles they had overseas and their images,” she said. “They do not need to be professional photographs. Snap shots and candid moments are almost more interesting to me.”

Her goal for the project is to curate a collection of imagery shot by servicemen and women who served in Vietnam. These images are the ones the photojournalists missed, the ones that never made it to the Associated Press. “I am most interested in photo slides for their aesthetic, as well as slides’ original intention,” she explained. The idea that slides are shot with the hopes of being shown to a group of people and projected on a wall interests me. Most people have no way of viewing their slides so they usually sit in a box untouched or viewed.”

(© C.R. Foster/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© C.R. Foster/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© C.R. Foster/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© C.R. Foster/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© C.R. Foster/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Dennis Thornton/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Gary C. Huested/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Gary C. Huested/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Gary C. Huested/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© Gary C. Huested/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© James Allan Townsend/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© James Allan Townsend/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© James Allan Townsend/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© James Allan Townsend/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

(© James Allan Townsend/ The Vietnam Slide Project)

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