Eddie Adams was a Pulitzer prize winning american Photographer who was known for his portraits of politicians, celebrities, as well as his coverage of nearly 13 wars that he photographed. Adams was born in 1933 in Kensington Pennsylvania, where he would develop a fascination in photography as a young teenager, where he worked for the school newspaper, as well as a wedding photographer. After he graduated high school he would enlist in the Marines where he would serve as a combat photographer.
Later on Adams would return to Vietnam while covering the war for the associated press, where he would take a picture of Nguyen Ngoc Loan, a police officer who is executing a Vietcong prisoner. After Nguyen raised his weapon and shot the prisoner, he walked over to the reporters and told them that, “These guys kill a lot of our people, and I think Buddha will forgive me.” This photo quickly went viral around the world and became a symbol of the war in Vietnam and how deadly and treacherous it actually was. This picture is extremely striking and intriguing because Adam’s is able to capture an image frozen in time just moments before the prisoner is shot. The expression on the prisoners face tells the entire story as someone who can’t do anything but wait for his death while having a gun held towards his head.
Eddie Adams. http://famous-photographers.com/eddie-adams/ (Accessed April 26, 2017)