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June 7, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Huntsville, Ala. – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is honored to present, Vietnam: The Real War, which features gripping photographs from The Associated Press.  This exhibition is on view now through October 6, 2019.


“The Vietnam War evokes strong emotions for many Americans,” remarked HMA Executive Director Christopher Madkour.  “This exhibition was curated from The Associated Press’s archives and shows the magnitude of challenges our servicemen faced during their tour of duty and the loss of local Vietnamese civilians throughout the war.  We are proud to present this exclusive exhibition in a community where our military has a strong and revered presence.”


To cover the Vietnam War, The AP gathered a group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century. The AP won six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage in Vietnam, including four for photography.


Vietnam: The Real War features more than 70 AP images illuminating the long and divisive war that profoundly shaped American history.  From Malcolm Browne’s photograph of the burning monk and Nick Ut’s picture of a 9-year-old running from a napalm attack, to Eddie Adams’ photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, Vietnam: The Real War contains images that both recorded and changed history.


The Museum hosted a sold out Presentation and Preview Reception on June 6 which featured AP Director of Photography, J. David Ake, delivering the presentation, followed by a reception in the galleries catered by Chef Narvell with live music performed by a trio from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.  Also in attendance were representatives from Huntsville’s Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1067


This exhibition was organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Associated Press.  Many images in the exhibition are graphic and document the hard realities that come along with war. Parental discretion is advised when viewing the exhibition.  For more information about the exhibit and to see what other shows are on display, visit