Australia Day

26 January 2015

94 days to go

Tim Page

Tim Page


Photojournalist

At the young age of 17, Tim Page left his home town of England to travel across Europe, the Middle East, India and Nepal. He found himself in Laos at the time of the civil war and worked as a stringer for United Press International. From there he moved on to Saigon where he covered the Vietnam War as a photojournalist, working largely on assignment for Time Life, United Press International, Paris Match and Associated Press. He also found time to cover the Six Day War in the Middle East in 1967. The role of war photographer suited Tim’s craving for danger and excitement.

Tim became an iconic photographer of the Vietnam War, a time when there was no censorship and the military actively encouraged press involvement. He was wounded four times—once by ‘friendly fire’ and the last time when he jumped out of a helicopter to help load the wounded and the person in front of him stepped on a landmine. He was thought dead on arrival at the hospital. He required extensive neurosurgery and spent most of the 1970s in recovery.

It was while he was recovering in hospital he learnt his best friend, housemate and fellow photographer, Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood actor Errol, had gone missing in Cambodia. This led him to establish 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. Tim was awarded the Cultural Hero of the Revolution Medal by the Vietnamese Government and Requiem the exhibition was put on permanent display at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tim is the subject of many documentaries, author of nine books, and inspiration for many films of the period including Dennis Hopper’s character in Apocalypse Now. Recently he was listed as one of the 100 most influential photographers of all time, and the recipient of many awards.

Since arriving in Australia in 2002, Tim has also covered East Timor and The Solomon Islands, with an interest and passion for now covering the aftermath of war and bringing the world’s attention to the plight of innocent victims—the bystanders.

Tim has recently worked in Cambodia for the Finnish Government documenting the handing back of land taken by the Khmer Rouge. He has also been the photographic peace ambassador for the United Nations in Afghanistan.

He is a co-founder of the photographic collective Degree South, Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, patron of Mine Action Group, and returns each year to Vietnam to document the effects of Agent Orange and is a patron of Mine Action Group.