One of the most enjoyable and rewarding things I do on this podcast is to extol the virtues and achievements of members of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation. In this episode another one of those members will be featured. The lead concept comes from an article in The Setonian titled: Professor’s Vietnam War experience documented in photos by Brianna Bernath. The primary purpose of the article is to announce a display of Vietnam photographs taken by Vietnam Vet Ken Hoffman.
Hoffman served in Vietnam from June 1969 to June 1970 and was assigned to the 221st Signal Company that provided personnel to the Southeast Asia Pictorial Center (SEAPIC). Their mission was to provide documentation of the war-in still photographs and motion pictures for the Department of Army Archives in Washington DC. Initially, Hoffman supervised combat photographers, laboratory technicians and audio-visual aids specialists at a detachment in Pleiku. The second half of his tour of duty was spent as a motion picture news team leader working out of Saigon for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), funded by the Department of Defense, making short public relations films that would be distributed to television news outlets throughout the United States.
Upon departure from the Army in 1972 he applied for a teaching position at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He was accepted for the job and has taught there ever since. He kept up with the evolving technologies along the way and this has helped him to create a more technologically-advanced photographic curriculum at SHU.
Hoffman said that the photographs in his exhibit at the SoHo Photo Gallery were meant to depict “the civilians who suffered through the war.” Here are the details for the exhibit. All are encouraged to visit the exhibit.
VIETNAM STREET PHOTOGRAPHS
E. Kenneth Hoffman
Soho Photo Gallery
15 White Street, NYC
June 8-July 2, 2016
Funded in part by Seton Hall University,
College of Communication and the Arts
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