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A Viet Cong soldier killed during the Tet Offensive,

Cholon, Saigon, Vietnam, 1968


The photojournalism of Eddie Adams – in pictures


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Gen Nguyen Ngoc Loan,

South Vietnamese chief of the national police,

fires his pistol into the head

of suspected Vietcong official Nguyen Van Lem

on a Saigon street early on in the Tet offensive,

on 1 February 1968.


Photographer Eddie Adams

reported that after the shooting,

Loan approached him and said:

“They killed many of my people, and yours too,”

then walked away.


This photograph received the 1969 Pulitzer prize

for spot news photography


Photograph: Eddie Adams/AP


Vietnam: The Real War – in pictures


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Eddie Adams        USA        1933-2004



Prize-winning photojournalist

and combat photographer

who produced

one of the most

riveting images

of the Vietnam War




In a 45-year career,

much of it spent

in the front ranks

of news photographers,

he worked

for The Associated Press,

Time and Parade,

covering 13 wars

and amassing about

500 photojournalism awards.


But it was

a 1968 photograph

from Vietnam,

taken for The A.P.,

that cemented

his reputation

in the public eye

and among his peers.


That black-and-white image

captured the exact moment

that Brig. Gen.

Nguyen Ngoc Loan,

then serving as the national

police chief of South Vietnam,

fired a bullet at the head

of a Vietcong prisoner

standing an arm's length away

on a Saigon street.


Although there was little doubt

that the captive was indeed

a Vietcong infiltrator,

his seemingly

impromptu execution

shocked millions

around the world

when the photograph

was first published

and it galvanized

a growing antiwar sentiment

in the United States.


Mr. Adams took the image

during the Tet offensive,

when the Vietcong began

attacks within Saigon,

the capital of South Vietnam.


The picture

received the Pulitzer Prize

for breaking-news

photography in 1969.



with Nick Ut's 1972 image

of a naked girl fleeing

her napalmed village

and Ronald L. Haeberle's

color pictures

documenting the 1968

My Lai massacre

(which were first published

in Life in 1969),

Mr. Adams' photograph

reinforced a widespread belief

that the South Vietnamese

and American military

were doing more harm than good

in trying to win the war

against an indigenous insurgency

and the North Vietnamese army

that sponsored it.


This interpretation

long dismayed Mr. Adams,

who accepted

Brig. Gen. Loan's contention

that the man he shot

had just murdered a friend of his,

a South Vietnamese army colonel,

as well as the colonel's wife

and six children.


"How do you know

you wouldn't have pulled

the trigger yourself?"


Adams would later write

in a commentary on the image.


Like other combat

photographers of the time,

including Larry Burrows,

David Douglas Duncan,

Henri Huet

and David Hume Kennerly,

Mr. Adams

devoted most of his efforts

to sympathetically depicting

the pain and suffering

of American and allied

ground troops,

just as W. Eugene Smith

had done earlier.


As a military veteran,

he sought to portray

the Vietnam experience

from the viewpoint of the grunt,

or platoon solider.


But none of his war images

achieved the renown

of the execution scene.












http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18592673 - February 01, 2008














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