“I’d heard about him even before I came to Vietnam (‘Look him up. If he’s still alive’),” the journalist Michael Herr wrote in “Dispatches,” his powerful 1977 book about the Vietnam War. “I’d heard so much about him that I might have felt that I knew him if so many people hadn’t warned me, ‘There’s just no way to describe him for you. Really, no way.’”
Herr was writing about Tim Page, a renegade British photojournalist who was known for getting so close to the action that he was wounded four times.
Mr. Page, who published his photographs and recollections in several books and sought to keep alive the legacy of colleagues who never came back, died Aug. 24 at his home in Fernmount, New South Wales, Australia. He was 78, and the cause was liver and pancreatic cancer, said his friend Mark Dodd.