'Open Doors' Reveals Lives of Vietnam POWs
On 27 January 1973, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's chief negotiator, Le Duc Tho, signed the Paris Peace Accords that ended U.S. participation in the Vietnam War. Just weeks later, the first group of what would be a total of 591 U.S. prisoners of war released from captivity in North Vietnamese prisons arrived in California.
Three decades later, writer Taylor Baldwin Kiland and photographer Jamie Howren Quinn wanted to explore what happened to this group of extraordinary men, some of whom had endured more than seven years of imprisonment. Over the course of 18 months, the two women traveled to 16 cities to interview and photograph 30 former POWs. From these efforts came the exhibit "Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later," consisting of photographs and biographical profiles, which was first displayed at the Museum of History and Art in Coronado, California, in fall 2002.