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Eddie Adams (American, 1933–2004)
LOT ID: 71505
Execution in Saigon, 1968

Silver Print, Gelatin Silver Print
9 х 12 in. (22.86 x 30.48 cm.)
Print/Casting Year 1968
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Eddie Adams, Execution in Saigon, 1968. Gelatin silver print, image: 9 x 12 inches, 22.9 x 30.5 cm; sheet: 11 x 14 inches, 27.9 x 35.6 cm.

Pulitzer Prize winning artist Eddie Adams (1933-2004) was an American photographer and photojournalist who was renowned for his portraits of politicians and celebrities, as well as his coverage of 13 wars. Known for his meticulous approach to photographing and development, Adams had an uncanny ability to always capture a sense of tension and animation in his images. His most famous photograph was the execution of Vietcong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém, by police chief General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan in Saigon on February 1, 1968. Capturing the prisoner’s moment of death, the repercussions from the image led to Adam’s winning the Pulitzer Prize as well as the World Press Photo award, but would create a backlash towards America’s choice in allies during the Vietnam War as well as the brutality for which the scene depicts. Adams has received over 500 awards throughout the course of his career and has been included in numerous exhibitions with a recent retrospective at Monroe Gallery in 2008.

Select Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
International Center of Photography (New York, NY)
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