There’s a wonderful quote in a Talk of the Town piece in this week’s New Yorker. The column covers the opening of an exhibit of work by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam War photographer Eddie Adams; many of the images have never been displayed before, having been not long ago discovered in plastic garbage bags in the garage of Adams’ first wife. Friend and former AP editor Hal Buell is quoted:
“That’s a disease of daily picture journalism. We’re so busy doing today that sometimes history gets shunted aside and ends up in a bag somewhere.”
Utterly true, too often anyway. But nicely put.
Adams of course won his Pulitzer for one of the iconic photographs of the war, the one of South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong suspect at point blank range. The show is at Umbrage Gallery in Brooklyn through April 30; there’s a new book as well.