Monday, January 5, 2009
Photos that changed the World/Saigon Execution by Eddie Adams
This is the picture of police chief General Nguyen Loan executing a Vietcong prisoner on a Saigon street on Feb1st 1968. Some say this photograph ended the war! It immediately became the icon of the war's savagery and made the official pulling the trigger the icon villian.
Shot by American photgrapher Eddie Adams (won fame and a Pulitzer prize for this), he had served in the US Marine corps as a Combat Photographer before. The photo would haunt the General Loan, for the rest of his life ( apparantly, to Americans, the real villian should actually be the Vietcong who got shot - he had killed americans...yeah its ok to kill as long as its good for America) and Eddie Adams went on to apologise to Loan later. In his words "The general killed the Vietcong; I killed the general with my camera." Check his other work at http://eddieadamsphotography.com/