Have you ever wondered who is responsible for taking pictures during times of war? Some of the most famous combat photographs have been taken by photographer and photographic journalist, Eddie Adams.
According to the Wikipedia article titled, Eddie Adams (Photographer), Adams was a combat photographer in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was responsible for taking pictures of the demilitarized zone after the war ended. Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for one of the most famous wartime photos taken, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon. It was the second image in a three part series.
Along with combat photos, Adams also had many famous shots of well-known names like Mother Teresa, Malcolm X, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I believe that is so true, and Adam’s photographs definitely show that. It’s one thing to describe a war scene; the atrocities, the death, the wreckage. Words can only take you so far, but seeing those images can make you feel something different. With each image comes a different emotion. Eddie Adams was successful and he deserved the awards he won.