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One Crowded Hour : Neil Davis, Combat Cameraman 1934-85 - Tim Bowden

One Crowded Hour

Neil Davis, Combat Cameraman 1934-85

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First published in 1987, it remains a must-read for aspiring photographers, cinematographers, journalists and war buffs. For over twenty years, from the early 1960s, Neil Davis brought enduring images of the full horror of modern war directly from the battlefront to the world's television screens. Davis's former colleague, Tim Bowden, tells the life story of this remarkable and complex cinecameramen and journalist - a cool, utterly dedicated professional, a legendary gambler who often relied on his intuitive sixth sense to stay alive, and a man who was equally at home with presidents and street beggars. It is for Davis' eleven years' coverage of the conflict in Indo-China that he is best remembered. He was the only western cameraman to film with the South Vietnamese army and once actually managed to cross over battle lines to film with the Viet Cong. Davis also covered the war in Cambodia and Laos. And in 1975 he scooped the world's press by filming the taking of Saigon's Presidential Palace - the moment that symbolised the American defeat. Ironically in September 1985, having survived so much war, Neil Davis was killed while filming an attempted coup in the streets of Bangkok. Incredibly his still-running camera captured his own death.

About the Author

Tim Bowden is the co-author of Changi Photographer - George Aspinall's Record of Captivity.

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5.0

An amazing read

By Helen

from Rural South Australia

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Not What I Expected

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I bought this book only as it was listed as an aust classic.Ididnt expect much.However I was stunned to have realized that I knew nothing about this Auatralian.It was thus a page turner and I regretted every time I had to spend away from it. Well done Tim Bowden a passionate book about a ledgendary australian,I am proud to have met him through this book

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4.0

Australian classic.

By Mangolorry

from North Coast NSW

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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  • None

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Wonderful Australian book.

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ISBN: 9780732297336
ISBN-10: 0732297338
Series: A&R classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st August 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.42