Tim Page

Exhibition: Iraq Through the Lens of Vietnam

Tim Page left England at 17 to travel across Europe, the Middle East and to India and Nepal. He found himself in Laos at the time of the civil war and ended up working as a stringer for United Press International.

From there he moved on to Saigon where he covered the Vietnam War for the next five years working largely on assignment for TIME-LIFE, UPI, PARIS MATCH and ASSOCIATED PRESS. He also found time to cover the Six Day War in the Middle East in 1967. Recovery for Tim came in the form of involvement with Americas Vietnam Vets who were worse off than himself. He became a carer for amputees and traumatically shocked and stressed young men whose future was now looking very bleak as the government of the day abandoned them. One of these young men was Ron Kovic, who was portrayed by Tom Cruise in the film Born on the Fourth of July and at last their plight which Tim had been documenting and was also very much a part off was revealed to the rest of the world. The 70s also found Tim freelancing for music magazines such as Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone. This enabled him to add images of rock n roll legends to his archive.

It was while he was recovering in hospital in spring 1970 that Tim learnt the fate of his best friend, house mate and fellow photographer Sean Flynn, (son of Hollywood actor Errol) who had been captured in Cambodia. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Pages mission was to discover the fate and final resting place of his friend and to erect a memorial to all those in the media that were either killed or went missing in the war. This led him to found the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation and was the genesis for the book REQUIEM. With his friend Horst Faas, photo editor for Associated Press and double Pulitzer Prize winner, they co-edited the book and commemorated the work of all the dead and the missing, from all nations, who were lost in the thirty year struggle for liberation.

In 2003, Tim went to The Solomon Islands for KCELJAG (The Key Centre of Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance) to cover the Australian Governments Peace Intervention Force. He documented the handing in and cutting up of 3,600 weapons all of which was achieved with soccer matches, dog handling displays, face painting and bagpipes! No flak jackets required! This created a template for future interventions that will respect culture, heritage, religion, traditions and most importantly not allowing troops into town to create a false economy. Tim has returned cathartically to Indochina 50 times, during which he has become patron of MAG (Mine Action Group) profiling and highlighting the plight of the victims of wars most insidious weapon the landmine. Every two years, Tim through his foundation, the IMMF, hosts a photo workshop in Vietnam, followed by a two week exhibition of the images. His interest and passion now is to bring the worlds attention to the plight of the innocent victims. He gifted the Requiemexhibition to the Vietnamese government, where it has become the most visited tourist sight in Vietnam and when exhibited at QCA Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, one person per minute passed through the exhibition. Tim no longer covers wars, he freelances from Brisbane, has taken up a position as Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism at Griffith University.