Eddie Adams (photographer) Quotes
I would have rather been known more for the series of photographs I shot of 48 Vietnamese refugees who managed to sail to Thailand in a 30-foot boat, only to be towed back to the open seas by Thai marines.
Regarding the the "boat of no smiles" photos he took of Vietnamese refugees who were denied access to Thailand. Over 200,000 refugees were later granted asylum in the United States.
It was the only good thing I did in my life, but I’m not a good guy.
Regarding the "boat of no smiles" photos he took of Vietnamese refugees who were denied access to Thailand. Over 200,000 refugees were later granted asylum in the United States.
How do you know you wouldn't have pulled the trigger yourself?
Quoted in the obituary of Eddie Adams, The New York Times, September 20, 2004. According to Eddie Adams, the story behind the incident that he came to accept according to Brig. General Nguyen Ngoc Loan was that General Loan shot the man who had just murdered a friend of his, a South Vietnamese army colonel, as well as colonel's wife and six children.
Two people died in that photograph: the recipient of the bullet and General Nguyen Ngoc Loan. The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?"
Eulogy: General Nguyen Ngoc Loan by Eddie Adams, Time Magazine, July 27, 1998. Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon. Adams later apologized to the General for the damage done to his reputation and he called the general "a goddamned hero."
When I saw the picture, I was not impressed, and I’m still not impressed. It was just a news picture. I still don’t understand why it was so important.
As part of the documentary An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story (2008). Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon.