World: Life with the Viet Cong

Akihiko Okamura is a courageous, persistent Japanese photographer who set out last April to see what the war in Viet Nam is like from the Communist side. Armed with six cameras, 182 rolls of film and a Vietnamese dictionary, Okamura, 36, simply boarded a northbound bus out of Saigon and sat tight. He did not have to wait long. Some 500 yards beyond Bencat, a government stronghold 27 miles from the capital on Route 13, five Viet Cong in dark green government uniforms boarded the bus. Two miles later, they ordered the driver to stop and invited the photographer to go...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!