A couple of days back I posted here that the photojournalism world had lost Eddie Adams, a well-respected photojournalist, to Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
I said, “… the photograph you see below by Eddie Adams is considered an epochal moment in the history of geopolitical events. It’s a photograph of Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan of South Vietnam executing a suspected Vietcong prisoner.” That is what is conventionally believed in the media, among academics and even photojournalists. But David D. Perlmutter, in an article for Editor & Publisher debunks the myth about that image changing world history.
While I would like to say that I stand corrected, our perceptions are what they are. Which images today will stand the test of time and shake our perceptions in the future?