Eddie Adams was born in New Kensington, Pa. on June 12, 1933. He died today (September 20, 2004) at his Manhattan home from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He was 71.
During his life, he covered 13 wars. He was known as a combat photojournalist whose images changed the course of history.
He won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news with a photo of a Vietnamese officer executing a communist guerrilla in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In the fast-action image, the bullet was still contained within the guerrilla’s head. He also earned more than 500 other honors during his career. Among those awards were a 1978 Robert Capa Award and three George Polk Memorial Awards for war coverage.
He created images for The Associated Press (AP), Time, Life, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Parade and countless other publications. In addition to photojournalism, he shot for clients in fashion, entertainment, advertising and corporate industries.
He started the annual Eddie Adams Workshop (known as Barnstorm) held in Jeffersonville, N.Y. in 1988 to train aspiring photojournalist.
His books include: "Beyond Glory: Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words", "NYC Life Going On", "Let Freedom Ring: A Pictorial Celebration" and participation in several "Day in the Life" book series projects.
His images can be seen at photonews.net and Shutterbug, among other places.
Enough for now,