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The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Hosts Exhibit of
Photographs by Eddie Adams

Poster artwork for Eddie Adams exhibit.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Research and Collections Reading Room
Sid Richardson Hall Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
On display through March 31, 2009.

Eddie Adams: Selections from the Photographic Archive features 28 photos from the legendary photojournalist's archive, which was donated to the Briscoe Center in September. The exhibit includes "Saigon Execution," the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of General Loan executing a Vietnamese prisoner in 1968. "Saigon Execution" is widely considered to be one of the most influential photographs taken during the Vietnam War.

Adams began his photography career as a high school student in Kensington, Pa. He was a Marine combat photographer during the Korean War, and in 1962, he joined the Associated Press (AP). After 10 years, Adams left the AP for Time magazine and freelance work. In 1976, he rejoined the AP as the first and only photographer to hold the title of special correspondent. From 1980 until his death in 2004, he was a photographer for Parade magazine, which featured more than 350 of his photos on its covers.

The exhibit includes photos from every aspect of Adams's career, including his intimate portraits of such high-profile figures as Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Malcolm X, Clint Eastwood, Bette Davis, Bill Cosby and Jerry Lewis.

Adams was awarded more than 500 photojournalism awards during his lifetime, including the George Polk Award for News Photography in 1968, 1977 and 1978, the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1977 and numerous awards from such organizations as World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association, Sigma Delta Chi and the Overseas Press Club.

Exhibit hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (closed on Saturdays of home football games and on UT holidays). For more information on hours and location, please call (512) 495-4518.