Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"The image disturbed him, and he continually wrestled with the responsibility it brought," this is what his wife said in reference to the cover of his new book, "Vietnam", referring to his 1968 Pulitzer Prize winning shot of a Viet Cong prisoner being shot execution style on a Saigon street. Eddie Adams died in 2004. This is an incredible photograph considering how close Eddie must have been to the scene, this is no telephoto lens here. The photo apparently disturbed Eddie Adams for the remaining of his life, even saying he wished he never shot it. Eddie Adams photographed 13 wars, six presidents, and numerous celebrities. The officer shooting is Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the prisoner being shot had just murdered eight South Vietnamese. The photograph turned Americans against the war and haunted Loan for the rest of his life. See some of Eddie's work HERE. Go HERE, and this is a must, to check out a trailer of a documentary of the Eddie Adams Story.