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Eddie Adams

Photographer, Photojournalist

1933 - 2004 Pennsylvania, USA

Winner of Pulitzer Prize for photography for his shot of a Viet Cong lieutenant being executed at close range on a Saigon street by a south Vietnamese general, Eddie Adams received hundreds of awards honoring his work, including World Press, New York Press, National Headliners and Sigma Delta Chi Awards. 

His career spanned journalism, corporate, editorial, fashion, entertainment and advertising photography.


While he was on assignment for the AP, Adams carried his camera through 150 operations in Vietnam. He also covered wars in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Lebanon and Kuwait. “Boat of No Smiles,” his series on the Vietnamese boat people, persuaded the United States to admit 200,000 Vietnamese refugees at the end of the war. - Briscoe Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Adams’ photographic archive was donated by Alyssa Adams, his widow. It documents his career, including the award-winning Saigon Execution photo. The archive measures 200 linear feet and includes slides, prints, negatives, audio materials, video materials, diaries, news stories, notes and other tear sheets. -

Eddie Adams (June 12, 1933 – September 18, 2004) was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969.

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