Agent Orange: A Terrible Legacy

By Catherine Karnow

Award-winning photographer Catherine Karnow follows two families in Danang, Vietnam, as they cope with the multigenerational impact of Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. Karnow and filmmaker Ed Kashi traveled to Vietnam in July 2010 as fellows of Renaissance Journalism’s Vietnam Reporting Project.

For her photo of nine-year-old Nguyen Thi Ly as she gazed in a mirror, Catherine Karnow received second in the Features category of the 68th annual Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world.


About Catherine Karnow

Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based photographer Catherine Karnow’s work appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French & German GEO and other international publications. She has also participated in several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and Women in the Material World. In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photojournalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She has photographed extensively in Vietnam since 1990.

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