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Sandinista soldiers return home. Road to Leon, Nicaragua, 1987 by S. L. Frady

I made my first serious advance into the world of journalism at age 16, as an intern at Magnum Photos, in New York in 1987. I had just returned to New York from a 10-day socio-political tour of Nicaragua, and my assignment at Magnum was to catalogue all of Philip Jones Griffiths’ contact sheets from his work on the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1972, into the agency’s new computer system.

As I progressed through each story, matching years and contact sheet numbers to Philip’s original handwritten notes (68–10, New Life at Song Tra; 67–4, Zippo Squads, roughly remembered), I…


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Sandinista soldiers return home. Road to Leon, Nicaragua, 1987 by S. L. Frady

(First published on LinkedIn, February 4, 2015)

I made my first serious advance into the world of journalism at age 16, as an intern at Magnum Photos, in New York in 1987. I had just returned to New York from a 10-day socio-political tour of Nicaragua, and my assignment at Magnum was to catalogue all of Philip Jones Griffiths’ contact sheets from his work on the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1972, into the agency’s new computer system.

As I progressed through each story, matching years and contact sheet numbers to Philip’s original handwritten notes (68–10, New Life at Song…

Shannon Frady

Visual communicator, filmmaker, writer, graphic designer, TS/SCI veteran

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