EDDIE ADAMS


Eddie Adams...1933-2004

The final shot, NEW YORK - September 19,2004  

Eddie Adams, a photojournalist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer is best remembered by a photo of a communist guerrilla being executed in a Saigon street during the Vietnam War. He died Sunday, the 19th of September. He was 71. Mr. Adams died at his Manhattan home from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. 

PHOTO: Back to 2001:  So you sit next to this guy at a Nikon Bash in Vegas, chatted with him for a while and to avoid getting killed by my wife for ignoring her, I smiled and my  wife says, “Who is that gentleman with the hat on you are talking to”.  

Oh, thats Eddie Adams, he's probably one of the most honored photographers of our time.  I want you to meet him.  So my wife leans over and I introduce him, as one of the most influential photojournalists of all time and whose work I deeply admired.  

He just smiled, took it in stride and she commented later how quiet and reserved he was.  I explained even though he has photographed most of the influential people on the planet, in the industry many just ask, whose that guy standing next to Eddie…

He received a Pulitzer Prize for his work.  He's well known in journalism, corporate, editorial, fashion, entertainment and advertising". He's been featured in Time, Newsweek, Life, Paris Match, Parade, Penthouse, Vogue, The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, Stern and Vanity Fair, in addition to his photographs of 13 wars. Then she says "Does he always wear a hat indoors".  I said, "He can wear a hat anywhere he wants".

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his startling photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong from a single photo taken Feb. 1, 1968, the second day of the communists' Tet Offensive, in the embattled streets of Cholon, Saigon's Chinese quarter.

I found this tidbit on PNN's page. and I quote, "Eddie Adams is a man to whom Clint Eastwood said, "Good shot",  Fidel Castro said, "Let's go duck hunting",  The Pope said, "You've got three minutes". His portraits of Presidents ranged from Richard Nixon to President Bush, and those of world figures included  Deng Xiao Ping, Anwar Sadat, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Mr. Adams won a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for the Saigon execution picture, among the more than 500 honors he received in his career, including a 1978 Robert Capa Award and three George Polk Memorial Awards for war coverage.

The picture I took of him is him.  We left the Nikon bash and went to the Harley Davidson Club in Las Vegas. He was resplendent in black, with the fedora always worn squared to the head.  I sat next to him at a many of the Nikon bashes and had the chance to chat with him. He was not as short with people as many have said, he was just great at what he did and when working very focused.  The 2005 Nikon Calendar has many of Eddies imagery magic.