Photographer Eddie Adams

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Photogragher Eddie Adams

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Eddie Adams, was an American photographer and photojournalist who was known for covering 13 wars, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, as well as his noted portraits of politicians and celebrities.

Adams was born on June 12, 1933 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and died September 18, 2004, in New York City. Adams served as a combat photographer during the Korean War and covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press, for which he photographed his Pulitzer Prize winning photo.

The photo, which came with the caption 'General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon' depicted an execution on the streets of Saigon during the Tet Offensive and went on to become one of the most notable photographs of the 20th-Century.

Adams is also known for his iconic images of figures such as Mother Teresa, Louis Armstrong, and Malcolm X, as well as his numerous photo essays including poverty in America, the homeless and his 1977 series of 48 Vietnamese refugees, which convinced then President Jimmy Carter to grant nearly 200,000 Vietnamese boat people asylum.

Adams’ legacy continues through his yearly Eddie Adams Workshop and through his archive, which is housed at The University of Texas at Austin.

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