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. - totallyhistory.com
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.
To tell the truth, I didn’t get scared too often. The adrenalin rush was so strong, I didn’t get scared until it was over. The next night, the next month. Or just last week.
The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam’s police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.)
All that a Pulitzer really does is give the obit writers something to put between the commas after your name.
I’m not a great believer in the power of the moving image. A still image has greater lasting power. A still photographer has to show the whole fucking movie in one picture.
I was getting money for showing one man killing another. Two lives were destroyed and I was getting paid for it. (On his 1968 photograph of the summary street corner execution of prisoner Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnam's police chief, Lt. Col. Nguyen Ngoc Loan.)
If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that's a good picture.