Picture is worth a thousand words. The story and impact of Eddie Adams.

Pulitzer prize winning photo by Eddie Adams

Pulitzer prize winning photo by Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams is a Pulitzer Prize winner photographer best known for his photographs of many US wars, including the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His most famous assignment was to take a photo of the entire demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. It took him over a month to complete in 1969 for a photo of a Korean police chief executing a prisoner on February 1, 1968. He would later lament its success. This is most likely due to the grim nature of the act depicted in the photo; which nobody would be too proud of seeing that and then capturing that to put it out there for the world to see. At least that’s my opinion. Having said that, there is something to be said about showing the world the grim atrocities that happened in some countries. The spirit of Eddie Adams and the photos he captured lives on today. All the journalists covering the turmoil around the world in countries like the Ukraine, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Syria who have taken photos/videos of people getting their legs blown off, people dying in the street and being beaten by police and in some ways photos are the best way to illustrate the atrocities that people commit. They show us faces of the dead and dying which leaves much more of an imprint in our hearts and memories that people the world over cannot ignore forever. They also serve to educate those who come after so that they don’t commit the same atrocities. Eddie Adams  has a workshop in his honor, for more information click here,

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