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David Douglas Duncan

David Douglas Duncan's use of the electronic and broadcast media began with the necessary promotion of his book publishing in the 1950s and 1960s. However, as he came to quickly realize the power of the non-print media, he began to find ways to incorporate his still photography into television, film and even radio. Indeed, part of the lasting fame and timeliness of many of his major news stories – such as the 1968 presidential conventions and Vietnam – came through his affiliation with major television networks as well as the national press. This window features selections from the various media records that exist in the Duncan Archives. In nearly all instances these will consist only of excerpts from larger productions or interviews. A full record of all existing electronic and video media will be accessible through the archival finding aid.


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David Douglas Duncan Remembers Life

For his 1999 retrospective exhibition at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Duncan sat for an interview about his years with Life magazine. This 11-minute excerpt is condensed from the full interview and was used in the exhibition on a continuous loop.

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David Douglas Duncan: A Vietnam Tribute

During his days of covering Con Thien and Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War, Duncan carried with him a small portable tape recorder to capture the sounds and voices associated with the Marines engaged in those important military operations. The following presentation was compiled and edited from his audio tapes and his still imagery by James Watson and Roy Flukinger and included as a separate media presentation during the run of the Duncan retrospective exhibition in 1999. It was dedicated to all his fellow U.S. Marines and military who served in Vietnam.

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