Adams, Eddie

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Born: Jun 12, 1933 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Photographers


1968 - Eddie Adams took his best-known photograph - the picture of police chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street, on February 1, 1968, during the opening stages of the Tet Offensive.

 

1969 - Adams won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and a World Press Photo award for the photograph (captioned General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon), but would later lament its notoriety. Adams later apologized in person to General Nguyen and his family for the irreparable damage it did to Loan's honor while he was alive. When General Nguyen died, Adams praised him as a hero of a just cause.

 

2004 - Adams died in New York City on September 19, 2004 from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

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