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Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68’
January 1, 1970 @ 10:00 am
“Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation.” – Eddie Adams
In 1968, photojournalist Eddie Adams captured the most iconic image of the Vietnam War: a point-blank execution of a Vietcong prisoner on a Saigon street.
The photo epitomised the horror of war and was circulated worldwide, galvanising global opposition to the war, as well as condemnation of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the man who pulled the trigger.
Yet the `truth’ of any photograph is not straightforward. While Adams was awarded many awards for the photograph, the context of the shooting has never properly been examined.
Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68 explores the story surrounding the production and circulation of this image and raises pertinent questions regarding the power of photojournalism in affecting human rights agendas.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some of Australia’s leading journalists and photojournalists.
Full $12 Concession $10 ACMI Member $9