Compiled and edited by Catherine Leroy, Under Fire pairs her own work and that of 15 other daring combat photographers of the Vietnam War –
among them David Burnett, Larry Burrows, Gilles Caron, Henri Huet, Don McCullin, Kyoichi Sawada and Nick Ut – with essays from an equally
remarkable roster of writers including Philip Caputo, Jean-Claude Guillebaud, David Halberstam, Wayne Karlin, Jean Lacouture, Tim O’Brien and
Neil Sheehan. With a foreword by Senator John McCain — a pilot and prisoner of war in Vietnam — and an epilogue by Fred Ritchin, the book is a
potent, often poignant reminder of the men and women whose work helped forge the collective memory of an era.
“The unparalleled access to the war in Vietnam made it possible for a generation of photojournalists to live with a unique sense of urgency,” Leroy
writes in her preface. “With cameras they made a difference, giving war a face even when it dragged on and no one seemed to pay attention
anymore. We are left with photography even more powerful today than when it captured the fractured moments of chaos. Now it’s history.”
After three years in Vietnam (1966/1968), Catherine Leroy took her cameras to other areas of conflict around the world — Afghanistan,
Cyprus, Iran and in Africa. Her coverage of the civil war in Lebanon won her in 1976 the Overseas Press Club of America’s ‘Robert Capa Gold
Medal’—making her the first woman to obtain the prestigious award. In the summer of 1982, Leroy covered the siege of West Beirut following
the military invasion of Lebanon by neighboring Israel.
Australian journalist Tony Clifton who worked for the American weekly magazine Newsweek for thirty years and Leroy who was then
freelancing for the rival Time magazine — they had initially met in Vietnam — followed the Palestinians and their allies and closely recorded
the strife that ravaged the small Middle-Eastern country since the early seventies culminating in three-month siege and the subsequent
massacres the of Palestinians by Christian Phalange militia in the Sabra and Shatila neighborhood and refugee camp.
In 1983, they co-authored the controversial book, God Cried, published in the UK by Quartet Book.