Photographs that will shock the world: General Nguyen Ngoc



 war vietnam 1968 photography images execution vietcong Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams, war photographer from Associated Press, obtained this photograph on January 1, 1968 on the streets of Saigon. With it he won a ç Pulitzer Prize. The image shows the coldblooded murder of a Vietcong guerrilla, presumably the Vietcong officer Vietcong Nguyen Van Lem, by the chief of police of Saigon, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan.

Moved by the Offensive of Tet and presumably Lem belonged to a Vietcong command in charge of slaughtering southern Vietnamese officers or their families. Eddie Adams, correspondent in 13 wars, obtains for this photograph a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1969, years later he would come to publically regret the o fact the images he obtained in Saigon could count only half the truth and for with that purpose he would write in Time:

"The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths...What the photograph didn't say was, 'What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?"

For the story remained the icon in which this image transformed and the contribution it gave to light up the American and world´s public opinion and the acceleration of the end of the Vietnam War.

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