Thích Quảng Đức

Thích Quảng Đức

2016
84" x 44”
Archival print

Thích Quảng Đức was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963. Quảng Đức was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngô Đình Diệm. Photographs of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm government. The image is assembled from roughly 40 photographs taken by Malcolm Browne, Nguyễn Văn Thông and other unidentified sources.