Not all that it seems

We were just talking about this photograph in another module and I thought that it was an interesting side note that the photographer who took this iconic image of the Vietnam War, Eddie Adams, was actually pro American involvement in Vietnam. Somewhat ironic considering that this photograph was probably one of the most influential images in turning the tide of American public support against the war in Vietnam, which was certainly not the photographer’s intention in taking it. Despite winning a Pulitzer award for this photograph Eddie went on to lament its notoriety and the damage it did to support of the war effort at home, as well as the effect it had personally on General Nguyen Ngoc Loan (the one doing the shooting).

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