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By David Douglas Duncan

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  • Kodak - Graflex - RolleiflexLeica with 1950 Nikon Lens/Korea M3D Leicas for Picasso and War

    Nikon S620 Coolpix

    Camera DNA of a Photojournalist1937 - 2014For his 98th birthday, friends at LIFE Books put him on the magazine cover.

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  • David Douglas Duncan

    ARCADE PUBLISHING NEW YORK

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  • Copyright 2014 by David Douglas Duncan

    Manuscript computer composition by Franck Follet, Antibes, FranceDigital master prints by Jef Regnier, Mougins, France

    Photography, text, design, production by David Douglas Duncan

    All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any mannerwithout the express written consent of the publisher,

    except in the case of brief excerpts in critical reviews or articles.All inquiries should be addressed to Arcade Publishing,

    307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10018.

    Arcade Publishing is a registered trademark of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.,a Delaware corporation.

    Visit our website at www.arcadepub.com.

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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available on file.

    ISBN: 978-1-62872-561-2

    Printed and bound in Verona, Italy

    Dreams and Memories

    30Nights and Days

    ofOne Life

    inOne Room

    Contents

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  • The New York Times published a story about an unknown Japanese lens on a Leica. Six years later inGermany, friends at Leica never mentioned Nikon or Korea while creating four M3D super-silentLeicas for me to then photograph Pablo Picasso; years later, unfailing on battelfields of Vietnam.*

    After test-shooting in the new digital world I aimed at Duzi. Pictures shot under almost impossibleconditions with oldtime Kodachrome or even high speed black-and-white film. Unreal for me!Familiar to every novice, photographing their world today with smartphones.

    One year later midnight Duzi pretending to be asleep when carried to his bed while snugglingagainst my chest, I tripped on a lamp cord. Slammed into the floor. He was unhurt. Licked my faceand hands.

    Rolled over onto my back fractured right hip.

    *Those voiceless 1956Leicas cost $375 apiece. Several years ago I sold M3D2 to another formerMarine from Vietnam working in Singapore. In Vienna, 24 November 2012, it was sold at auctionto a collector of vintage cameras from Hong Kong for $2,180,000.

    Welcome Home Duzi!

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    Duzi was barely a handful, three months old, when he first saw his new home on a hilltop on the southcoast of France. After leaving his little brother and sister in central Provence he slept most of the tripcurled on my chest. Another Norwich, Yo-Yo, dominated our lives for fourteen years. Once ransomedfrom a gang of Marseille Gypsy car thieves. Also three months old. Yo was my wife Sheilas shadowuntil that long last night, then Goodbye.

    I began documenting Duzis life when he was one week old with Nikons S620 Coolpix amateurcamera. By accident. My fax machine collapsed, replaced by one too gadgety bought with a bankcard. The salesman said refunds took forever so maybe find something else. A nearby shelf helddigitals, which Id never shot in my life. I chose the Coolpix. In Tokyo, May 1950, Id adapted Nikon-Nikkor lenses for my Pacific War-dented Leica.

    One month later, as a LIFE photographer, I was photographing the Korean War.

    Catellaras le Vieux 53 / 14 January 2009

    Preface

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  • Sheila heard the crash, brushed Duzi aside while helping me into bathrobe, agreeing it was ridiculoushour to phone the emergency number known everywhere in France. Our friend Dr. Paul Charbitarrived at nine, hand on my thigh: Don't move! Ambulance coming, X-ray room waiting. Generalcheckup before noon. Room reserved. It's now Friday. Operation will be midday Monday. You'regoing to Clinic St. Basile just down the road. Still no pain? That's strange. Ciao! . . . out the dooranswering his cell phone.

    Tuesday, mid-morning: Paul Charbit was examining my hip X-ray at the hospital window whileI started shooting my new digital miniature camera comfortably flat on my back.

    Silence as the film rotated in his hands. Then that half-smile.

    There is a problem. You will be here one month you almost broke your spine.

    Looking into those eyes I was back in my own world.

    Thirty nights of dreams and memories.

    No Pain?

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  • Marines Captain Ike Fentonfirst US assault Naktong River Perimeterraining lost radio contact with battalion

    enemy attacking men falling no ammo just grenades

    August South Korea 1950

    Marines advance into enemy firefirst enemy casualty of Korean War

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    South Korea 14 July 1950

    Shooting Star jet by Lockheed attacks North Korean lead tanknear Suwon South Korea with cannon fire before rockets whileI shot from front cockpit of a special jet piloted by Air ForceLt. Colonel Bill Samways commanding all other jets overthat monsoon soaked land where I was convulsed by crushingphysical pain unknown ever before as Samways dived andthen yanked that jet into an almost vertical skyward blastthen again dived toward a tank in the column churning southand I kept shooting the first photographs of jets in warfare

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  • Sanctuary!

    Central StationSeoul South Korea 25 September 1950

    US Sherman tanks exchange fire with North Korean gunnersshooting from buildings in center of the city

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    Con Thien Vietnam September 1967

    Marines holding hilltop facing enemy bombed nightly by B52s from Guam

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    Khe Sanh Vietnam 1968

    Sniper team atop hill 861 AlphaMarines Albert Miranda David Burdwell Alec Bodenweiser

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    Vietnam 1968

    Manchurian border Siberian wind 40 below zeroChinese everywhere

    North Korea December 1950

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  • Goodbye for Today! ChristmastimeNorth Korea 1950

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  • North Korea 1950Goodbye Forever

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  • 8th February 1968Khe Sanh Marines going homeMy last photograph in Vietnam

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    Fijian Guerrillas Bougainville Solomon Islands 1944

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    New Zealand officers every man had malariaBero a Papuan New Guinea killer-scout

    normally prowled their jungle perimeter alone

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  • Fijian guerrillas neighborBougainville village chief 1944

    Tortured Shepherd Greek Civil War 1949

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  • Suspicious ShepherdPatzcuaro MexicoAutum 1942

    Monument of AntiquityGreat Pyramid of Chichen ItzaYucatn Mexico 1939

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    Every Year and TodayKansas City Missouri 1936

    Modern MasterworkThanksgiving to New YearMy Hometown Country Club Plaza

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    Chteau behind our homeCastellaras le Vieux France

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  • Lump von Bachguatel4 March 1956Stuttgart Germany

    Mercedes 300SL4 April 1956Sindelfingen Germany

    Copilotto

    visitNeighbor Picasso

    VillaLa Californie

    Cannes France

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    Has Lump ever seen a rabbit?No!

    So he made oneLump attacked then took it out to Jacqueline

    Where he ate it

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    Picasso played the fish skeletonlike his Spanish harmonicaI had never seen anythinglike that before

    Nor had Lump!

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    Does Lump have his own dinner plate?NoTell him to wait a few minutes

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    PicassoLump

    Velsquez

    Inspiration and Imagination

    Lump now had a role in the history of Spainan unprecedented odyssey from his

    Stuttgart birthplace

    There they were! Pablo Picassos variation on Vel