England’s Terry Fincher did five tours “in country,” covering the defining conflict of the age.
Terry Fincher (1931 – 2008) was one of the premier daily press photographers of the 20th century. But because so much of his career was spent shooting on deadline for newspapers in London – principally the Daily Express – he remains far less well-known than many of his globetrotting peers, whose pictures routinely appeared in weekly magazines or glossy monthlies in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.
Nevertheless, in his day – and especially among his rivals in London’s Fleet Street, where a singularly competitive, bare-knuckled brand of daily journalism held sway – Fincher was a legend. The British press photographer of the year in 1957, 1959, 1964, and 1967, and runner-up in 1968, he did five tours in Vietnam, covering the defining conflict of the age with as much talent and grit as any of his more famous colleagues. Here, on the 45th anniversary of the last U.S. troops leaving Vietnam on March 29, 1973, FOTO features a number of his rarely seen pictures from the war, along with some undisputed classics.