Legendary Vietnam War photographer, author and counter-culture documenter Tim Page — who impressed the crazed photojournalist performed by Dennis Hopper in “Apocalypse Now” — has died at his dwelling in Australia.
The British-born, self-taught photographer died of liver most cancers with associates at his bedside at his rural dwelling at Fernmount in New South Wales state, associates posted on social media. He was 78.
Ben Bohane, an Australian good friend and fellow photojournalist, described Page as one of many world’s nice conflict photographers in addition to a “real humanist.”
“He always said that it was more important to be a decent human being than a great photographer. So his humanism, through his photojournalism, really shone through,” Bohane advised Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday.
“One of his famous lines was, ‘The only good war photograph is an anti-war photograph,’” Bohane mentioned.
Page was wounded 4 instances as a conflict correspondent protecting conflicts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia throughout the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s.
He stood out for his flamboyance and indulgent character in addition to his expertise and dedication as a photographer. Francis Ford Coppola mentioned he was impressed by Page when he developed Hopper’s gonzo photojournalist character in his 1979 Oscar-winning Vietnam War movie.
Page labored as a contract photographer from the late Nineteen Sixties for music magazines together with Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy, sharing assignments with a few of the most vital writers of the period similar to Hunter S. Thompson. Page embraced Thompson’s “Gonzo photographer” status.
He was arrested together with Jim Morrison when with Doorways’ frontman was famously dragged by police from a stage in New Haven, Conn., in 1967. Morrison was arrested on suspicion of inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity. Page was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police. Each spent the evening in police cells earlier than expenses have been dropped.
In addition to the Indochina wars, Page lined conflicts in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, Israel, Bosnia and East Timor.
Page wrote a dozen books about his conflict experiences and music.
He was born in Tunbridge Wells in England on Could 25, 1944. He was raised by a foster household after his service provider navy sailor father died in a submarine assault within the North Atlantic.
He left Britain in 1962, touring by Europe, the Center East after which Asia the place he started photographing a civil conflict in Laos.
He created iconic photos of the Vietnam War whereas working for information organizations together with the AP, UPI, Time-Life and Paris Match.
He moved to Australia in 2002 to be together with his longtime Australian companion Marianne Harris and have become an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Griffith College at Brisbane in Queensland state.
He’s survived by Harris and Package Clifford, his son from a earlier relationship with Clare Clifford.