Eddie Adams Abrian Alvarado

An American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars.

Eddie Adams
Eddie Adams

Born June 12, 1933, New Kensington, PA & died September 18, 2004, New York, NY

Developed interest as a teenager; he served on the photography staff at his high school and as a wedding and portrait photographer. In 1951 after high school, Adams joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War as a combat photographer.

"I think all war should be shot in black and white. It's more primitive. Color tends to make things look too nice. It makes the jungle in Vietnam look lush - which it was, but it wasn't nice" - Eddie Adams

Received over 500 awards during his career along with the Pulitzer Prize for the picture of the police chief general executing a Vietcong prisoner. This photo established Adams as one of the world's top photojournalists.

Vietcong prisoner getting executed
JFK's wife at his funeral accepting the flag that covered his coffin
Bill Cosby
Arnold Schwartzenegger
Fidel Castro

Picture Evaluation

Dead Vietcong, 1968
  • use of line to get your eye to the man
  • because of the sun, this photo has hard light
  • center of focus is the man lying on the floor
  • mood is sad because there is a dead man on floor, but from the looks on the other's faces seeing a dead body just lying there isn't anything new for them
  • to me, the best part of this photo is the angle; it's sort of like the 'worm's eye view'

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