Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Upper right, Lower right, Lower left
Notes: The upper right and both lower corners are creased; two minor creases are also on the lower margin.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 12 in. (22.86 x 30.48 cm.)

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