Eddie Adams

Vietcong Execution, Saigon, 1968

“No war was ever photographed the way Vietnam was, and no war will ever be photographed again the way Vietnam was photographed,” he says. There was no censorship. All a photographer had to do, says Buell, “is convince a helicopter pilot to let him get on board a chopper going out to a battle scene. So photographers had incredible access, which you don’t get anymore.”

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5 thoughts on “Eddie Adams

  1. this image is saying alot. The topic of war never seems to die down, and to have it photographed at this moment seems very powerful. It is hard to say what is going on in this image, it seems as if 1 civilian is shooting another, it makes you wonder wether he was forced to do that or not. There also is not much going on in the background which seems odd in a war.

  2. I think this is an important photograph for photojournalism and for the Vietnam War. The image shows the other side of conflict. It shows the enemy as the victim. And it shows the expression of the enemy as he is dying. To capture a moment of death in a still frame is extraordinary. Whether it is positive or negative, I’m not sure But it is a pivotal image nonetheless.

  3. This image is one of the most pivotal images created from war documentation. This is giving a more in depth view on the price of war. Specifically for the fact that this is not an american getting killed. Unfortunately now a days all the war images you see are highly censored and very precisely picked to convey a specific point of view and to skew things in that direction. Instead of documenting the truth of war.

  4. Powerful. This image is hard to look at and hard to understand why people kill. The expressions and emotions in there faces give the viewer an ominous feeling of war. It makes me wonder if any of these people survived.

  5. The emotion that is runs throughout this picture in intense. I’m deeply disturbed about the content, yet this photo creates such a deep sensation while viewing it. The pictorial documentation of the Vietnam War, however violent, is necessary so that the public could see what was going on. The fuzzy, simplistic background of this picture allows the viewer to focus solely on the people in the picture.

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