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About Catherine Leroy

Presented here are published articles about the photographer and excerpts from seven filmed-interviews conducted between 2010 and 2014 by Robert Pledge and Jacques Menasche with persons who knew or met Catherine Leroy when she worked in Vietnam — including her mother Denise who was the recipient of over 100 letters from her daughter during the almost three years Leroy spent in the war-torn country (1966/1968).

• Denise Leroy (1914-2012): Catherine Leroy’s mother, was 96 years old when interviewed in her home near Paris, France, at Enghien-les-Bains on March 3, 2010.

• Horst Faas (1933-2012): The German war photographer who was the photo chief at the Associated Press bureau in Saigon during the Vietnam War, was interviewed at his home in Munich, Germany on March 1st, 2011.

• David Douglas Duncan (1916-2018): Well-known for his combat pictures from the Pacific battle-front during World War II and from the Korean War (1950-53), the American photographer also covered major battles for Life magazine during the Vietnam War. He was interviewed at his home in the South of France on March 4, 2011.

• Christian Simonpiétri (b. 1940): The French photojournalist born in Indochina who started his career as a war correspondent in Vietnam with the Gamma agency and later joined the Sygma agency as a cameraman, now lives in Corsica, France. He was interviewed in Paris on March 16, 2012.

• Don McCullin (b. 1935): The British photographer who lives in Somerset in the UK, with his family, has documented many of the major conflicts of the second half of the 20th century and of the early 21st, including the Vietnam War. He was interviewed in Paris on March 17, 2012.

• Vernon Wike (b. 1947): The Navy Corpsman who appears in the most famous series of photographs taken in Vietnam by Catherine Leroy on April 1967 on Hill 881near Khe Sanh, now lives in the USA. He was interviewed in Parker, Colorado on February 28, 2013.

• Jonathan Randal (b. 1933): The former American foreign correspondent, now living in the French capital, covered many war zones over an almost sixty year career, successively for UPI, Time, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He was interviewed in Paris on May 18, 2014.


•  American Photo: Catherine Leroy by Carol Squiers (December 1988).


•  Digital Journalist: Death of a Fighter by Peter Howe (August 6, 2006).