Vietnam War Portraits

Vietnam War Portraits

The Faces and Voices

Thomas Sanders


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This volume honors those who experienced the Vietnam War through striking portraits and personal accounts of the conflict and its repercussions.

This book offers a uniquely human perspective on the Vietnam War through portraits and stories of American veterans, southern Vietnamese veterans, and civilians. The surreal imagery of Thomas Sanders’ photography encourages the viewer to take a closer look at those who experienced the war. These images are paired with the individuals’ haunting, inspirational, and sometimes comical stories of the war.

Set in a surreal jungle environment, the portraits evoke the sense of darkness and uncertainty felt by those who experienced the war. Some portrait subjects hold objects that evoke their time of service: the common cigarette pack smoked by the vets while in the jungle; a homemade grenade made by the northern Vietnamese; and the “order to report” document that changed many a life.


Thomas Sanders:
After graduating from Cal Poly SLO in 2006, Tom Sanders moved to the Los Angeles Area (Redondo Beach) to start his career as a photographer. His photographic coffee table book The Last Good War: The Faces And Voices Of WWII was published with Welcome Books/Rizzoli and named “Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Editor’s Choice” by the Forewords Review Magazine. He is the youngest author to ever win this award. After six years in Los Angeles, Tom, his with Allison and their Maine Coon cat moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where Tom received his Master’s of Photography from San Jose State University in 2014. He now resides in Savannah, GA where he is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.