The Case of Sean Flynn
I would like to tell you of a real disappearance. – Timeline: Cambodia, April 6, 1970.
Born in 1941, Sean Flynn was the only child of the marriage of Errol Flynn and Lili Damita. After studying briefly at Duke University, he became a movie actor like his parents. When he retired from acting, Flynn became a freelance photojournalist.
On assignment for CBS, Sean Flynn and fellow journalist Dana Stone on assignment for Time magazine, were arrested at a roadblock on Highway 1, this was the last time either was seen alive. While the Vietcong admitted taking them, reports from government sources said the Khmer Rouge held him for a year before killing him.
Fellow journalist Tim Page has spent the last 40 years trying to find the remains of his late friends. Page’s book Requiem contains photographs taken by all of the photographers and journalists killed during the Vietnamese wars against the Japanese, French and Americans.
Requiem has become since early 2000 a traveling photographic exhibition placed under the custody of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.
The exhibition was held in Vietnam’s War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Hanoi, Lausanne, and London. In 2011, it was selected to be the main exhibition of the Month of Photography Asia in Singapore.
Page is the subject of many documentaries and two films, and the author of many books. He lives in Brisbane, Australia and no longer covers wars. He is Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism at Griffith University.