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Credit Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery. Credit Mara Sanchez Renero. Credit Andras Bankuti. Correction appended below. It was hard to imagine its power — splashed across front pages and helping to turn public opinion against the war — ever being surpassed.
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The Story Behind Eddie Adams’ Iconic “Saigon Execution” Photo

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Eddie Adams: 10 Years On, and War Will Never Be the Same - The New York Times

It was one of the most iconic photos of the Vietnam War. Wikimedia Commons. By , America was as deep as it was going to get in the war in Vietnam. For several years, what began as a limited advisory deployment had grown into full-scale combat between US forces and a volatile mix of North Vietnamese regular forces and Viet Cong guerrillas. The latter operated in the shadows from villages all over South Vietnam, and American intelligence was all but incapable of gauging its strength and locations. From about , however, the Lyndon Johnson administration had maintained the line that resistance was diminishing and that the whole country should be pacified soon.
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Eddie Adams' iconic Vietnam War photo: What happened next

Instantly recognizable, it shows an impromptu execution: South Vietnamese general and chief of police Nguyen Ngoc Loan, shooting suspected Viet Cong solider Nguyen Van Lem at close range on a Saigon street, during the brutal Tet Offensive. Most war photos rarely show individual acts of killing; they focus instead on the aftermath of battle, and the effects of the people who live through it. Adams, along with photographers like Nick Ut and Larry Burrows, have been credited with shifting public perception of the Vietnam War by showing the suffering of American soldiers and Vietnamese alike. It was during the Tet Offensive in particular that these images began to show the American public a much darker view of the war.
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He had the courage to stand a foot or two away from a murderous officer who had his pistol out and shot the man in front of him. During his lifetime, Adams won a total of awards for his renowned photography, which covered 13 wars. The late photographer died in , but his legacy still lives on. Below, see a selection of Adams' Vietnam War photos, which completely changed the game for combat photography. Editor's note: Many of the images in this slideshow depict graphic violence and injury, and many are upsetting.
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