Just One Pic — The Shot That Shocked the World (February 1 1968)

 “Hearing something a hundred times isn’t better than seeing it once”

Chinese proverb

“Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation.”

Eddie Adams — American journalist and photographer

On February 1st 1968, Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan shot Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém to the head. The execution was captured by American photographer Eddie Adams.  This picture became a powerful  anti-war icon. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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The photo — one of the most famous images in contemporary American journalism — won Eddie Adams the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, though he was later said to have regretted its impact. The image became an anti-war icon. Adams wrote 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?”

Along with a film shot at the same time, the photograph helped turn the American public against the war in Vietnam.

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General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém

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Just One Pic — The Shot That Shocked the World

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