On June 8, 1972, Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut took this iconic Pulitzer prize-winning photograph that has become one of the most powerful images of the Vietnam War.
The most searing element of this image was Phan Thi Kim Phuc, a then nine-year-old Vietnamese girl running from the plumes of smoke during an air attack on the South Eastern Vietnamese Trang Bang District by U.S-allied South Vietnamese forces. The napalm dropped in that assault burned through her clothes and ate away at the flesh on the arms and the back of nine-year old Kim Phuc as she and others fled.
This black and white image is a slice of time frozen in the ice of history that will never fully melt, only be lost among a mosaic of others . But as explained by this Associated Press piece, time or life did not stop for Kim or the man behind the camera who also saved her life.