Richard and Bonnie

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“I survived the Vietnam War without getting shot. I was a medic. So I come back home to Louisville and some punk kid shoots me in the back” says Richard whose wife Bonnie shows me the bullet hole entry. Ironically Richard is the key subject in one of the most famous of Life Magazine Vietnam War photos by John Olson during the Tet Offensive of Richard tending to a dying soldier. “I hated school so I joined the Marines after the 10th grade and went to war” says Richard. Like many vets, Richard’s life went awry after the war .He served 3 years in prison for multiple drunk driving charges before meeting Bonnie his wife of 28 years. “I stole her from another man she was married to who wasn’t treating her right. Went up to his house and just put her in the car and drove away”. ‪#‎postcardsfromamerica‬ ‪#‎magnumphotos‬ ‪#‎monochrom‬

Renee

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Renee is feeling the spirit at First Friend Ministry. This Pentecostal church has no building of their own and they meet in a basement conference room in a hotel at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky. Feeling good on Sunday mornings is their objective. Said the pastor ” you gotta let the roots of your tree go deep when times are hard” Amen. #Pentecostal #postcardsfromamerica #magnumphotos #monochrom

Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville, Kentucky. Kyle Liburd and his 1 year old son Kaedyn hang out in their front yard right across the street from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Their vision of the Derby was simply to watch the spectators leaving at the end of the famous horse race. Kaedyn is just taking his first steps. The mood in this neighborhood, where it is unlikely anyone actually went in to see the races firsthand, was jubilant. Everyone in Louisville seems to enjoy the Derby regardless of physical proximity to the finish line. Magnum colleagues Martin Parr and Peter von Agtmael were with me shooting for Postcards From America, an ongoing Magnum group project with a book and exhibitions upcoming #Kentuckyderby #postcardsfromamerica #magnumphotos #monochrom

Vietnam

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 Hanoi, Vietnam. I run with young boys into the New Years giant fire cracker bomb explosion which knocked us all flat. In celebration. This part of Hanoi was heavily bombed by the U.S. just before an American withdrawal in 1975. I went to Hanoi in 1976 for NatGeo. At that time there were no diplomatic relations with Vietnam, so I was pretty much on my own with writer Peter White. We were watched carefully but treated courteously. After all the war was over and they the victors. 40 years ago today an end. After more than 500,000 dead. Now Hanoi a major international tourist zone and Vietnam a friendly trade partner with their former enemies. ‪#‎Vietnam‬

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