The 50th Anniversary of the Burning Monk Photo

The Associated Press has a nice, visual display of the story behind Malcolm Browne's 1963 image of a Buddhist monk burning in the streets of Saigon.

The story has always had some contradictions and this, alas, doesn't clear them up – did Browne know what was going to happen that morning? And, if he did, was he manipulated in some way? Would Thich Quang Duc have struck that match?

It's an ethical debate still, 50 years later, but still one heck of an image.


Mark E. Johnson

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