Bill Hackwell by NationalVeteransArtMuseum published on 2013-05-23T03:37:43Z FIREFIGHT, BINH DINH Bill Hackwell Served in Vietnam, Air Force 12” x 16 ¼”, Color Photograph 1969 Bill Hackwell is an artist from Newport, New Hampshire. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. Hackwell’s photographs act as historical documentation of life in Vietnam as well as show vignettes of the people and places he saw. His work provides imagery of everyday events, from children playing solitaire to nighttime warfare. More than anything Hackwell is a social photographer whose pictures tend to tell a story of men and women in relationship to the social systems in which they live. "Well I was with a reconnaissance group with the Airforce, with the U.S. Airforce, and I was, we did all sorts of different types of photography, and this particular one was a firefight that was right off of the base we were at which was called Phu Cat, at the time. I was just, I happened to be in the vicinity and what you can see there is the tremendous amount of firepower going on there. You’re seeing the red line going through this photo. Every five rounds that came out of that particular gunship would put out a flare with a tracer with it, so you can imagine how many bullets are flying through the air there in those photos, because it’s just turned into a stream. It was one of those tremendous…what happens in combat."