The execution of Nguyễn Văn Lém

The instant this photo was taken, the man on the right was already dead. A bullet ripped through his brain. Yet, the photographer captured the scene before his legs gave out and the corpse slumped in a pool of blood. His eyes are still open, his mouth twisted in a grimace of disgust, his hair as if blown by a light breeze, actually beaten by the violence of the bullet. We can’t see the executioner’s face, but we can guess he’s…