New York Times reports that the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams died on Saturday.
For those who who don’t know, 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.
In a world where photography was defining our perceptions and underscoring our need to better understand the ramifications of an international policy gone awry, Adams’ images informed, instructed and infused in us the need to question our actions both at home and in a foreign land.
On a tangent, students of photojournalism ought to check out the Eddie Adams Workshop. The nation’s top 100 photographers are chosen each year based on a portfolio review and the recommendation letters of either instructors or peers. I was honored to be selected for the thirteenth meeting of that august group in upstate New York.
I am sure his presence there and among the photojournalism community will be greatly missed.