Eddie Adams on the farm. (Photo: Eddie Adams Workshop archives)

Eddie Adams

“A photo is good when it can reach into your chest, grab your heart and twist it.”

The only Associated Press photographer to hold the title of special correspondent, Eddie Adams (1933-2004) photographed 13 wars, seven US presidents, 65 heads of state and countless celebrities. In his more than five decades as a photographer, Adams received more than 500 awards honoring his work, including the 1968 Pulitzer Prize and World Press Photo of the Year for his iconic image “Saigon Execution.” His photographs influenced public opinion and changed policy. His series on Vietnamese boat people, “Boat of No Smiles,” helped persuade the United States to admit 200,000 refugees at the end of the war. Adams’ career also spanned advertising, corporate, entertainment, fashion and feature photography. His work appeared in Time, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Parade, for whom he shot more than 350 covers in 25 years. His legacy lives on in The Eddie Adams Workshop, the tuition-free seminar for young photographers he founded in 1988.

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Nikon Gear:

1999: D1
2001: D1X & D1H
2002: D100
2003: D2H
2004: D70 & D2X