(Nick Ut still maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now re...)
Nick Ut still maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now resides in Canada. Before delivering his film with the Kim Phúc photo, he took her to the hospital. The publication of the photo was delayed due to the AP bureau's debate about transmitting a naked girl's photo over the wire: ... an editor at the AP rejected the photo of Kim Phuc running down the road without clothing because it showed frontal nudity. Pictures of nudes of all ages and sexes, and especially frontal views were an absolute no-no at the Associated Press in 1972 ... Horst argued by telex with the New York head-office that an exception must be made, with the compromise that no close-up of the girl Kim Phuc alone would be transmitted. The New York photo editor, Hal Buell, agreed that the news value of the photograph overrode any reservations about nudity.
Huynh has been with the Associated Press since 1966. He names the Vietnam war as his major influence.
Nick Ut began to take photographs for the Associated Press when he was 16, just after his older brother Huynh Thanh My, another AP photographer, was killed in Vietnam. Nick Ut himself was wounded three times in the war in his knee, arm, and stomach. He has since worked for the Associated Press in Tokyo, South Korea, and Hanoi.
Nick Ut is a United States citizen and is married with two children.