In 1968, in 1/500th of a second Eddie Adams photographed a Saigon Police Chief, General Nygoc Loan, shooting a Vietcong guerilla point blank. Some say that photograph ended the Vietnam War. The photo brought Eddie Fame and a Pulitzer, but Eddie was haunted by the man he had vilified. He would say, "Two lives were destroyed that day, the victim's and the general." Other's would say three lives were destroyed.
(Posted by Ryan)
Eddie Adams, like most artists, was tortured by his need for perfection. Nothing he did ever satisfied him. He carved out many careers shooting covers for Life, Time, and even Penthouse. Yet, somehow he was always pulled back into documenting wars, 13 all together. Finally he hit the wall and couldn't take it anymore. He began shooting celebrities because "It doesn't take anything from you." Eddie was comfortable with kings and coal miners. During his time with Parade Magazines he photographed Clint Eastwood, Louis Armstrong, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul.
Still haunted by General Loan (The perpetrator in his photo), Eddie visits him 40 years later in a pizza shop in Virginia. Scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall are the words 'We know who you are, you fucker!"
Eddie's camera was his most powerful weapon, but it failed to protect him from himself.
- From www.anunlikelyweapon.com
The film premiered last week in New York and will be traveling the country over then next few months. I'm hoping to catch it in Baltimore or D.C. this August so give me shout if you want to go see it with me in either city.
Eddie Adams is a photographer whom I greatly respect and I'm very excited to see this film. Watch the trailer here.