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Eddie Adams

Eddie Adams
Bigger than the Frame

This career-spanning collection of both iconic and rarely seen images celebrates the work of Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Eddie Adams, whose potent visual storytelling ran the gamut from the horrors of war to the lives of the famous and powerful.

Series: Focus on American History

April 2017
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360 pages | 9.5 x 10.5 | 53 color photos, 198 b&w photos |

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Best-known for Saigon Execution, his Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph that forever shaped how the world views the horrors of war, Eddie Adams was a renowned American photojournalist who won more than five hundred awards, including the George Polk Award for News Photography three times and the Robert Capa Gold Medal. During his fifty-year career, he worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press, Time, and Parade, and his photos appeared on more than 350 magazine covers. Adams is also famous and deeply respected for founding the Eddie Adams Workshop, an intensive photography seminar whose graduates include twelve Pulitzer Prize–winners and many others who have achieved illustrious careers in journalism, commercial photography, and media.

Eddie Adams presents a career-spanning selection of the photographer’s finest work from the 1950s through the early 2000s, drawn from the Eddie Adams Photographic Archive at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his much-praised Vietnam War photography, the book includes images that uncannily reflect world and domestic issues of today, including immigration, conflict in the Middle East, and the refugee crisis. All of them attest to Adams’s overwhelming desire to tell people’s stories. As he once observed, “I actually become the person I am taking a picture of. If you are starving, I am starving, too.” Accompanying the images are an essay by internationally acclaimed photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, a personal remembrance by Adams’s widow Alyssa Adams, a foreword by Briscoe Center director Don Carleton, who provides a concise history of Adams’s career, and a timeline.

  • Foreword by Don Carleton
  • Preface by Alyssa Adams
  • Everything but the Picture by Anne Wilkes Tucker
  • Plates
    • Early Work: The 1950s and 1960s
    • The 1970s
    • The World
    • Portraits
    • Timeline

“[The book] is a valuable contribution to the history and practice of photojournalism that warrants space on any visual communications' instructor's bookshelf.”
American Journalism: A Media History Journal

“Utterly fascinating. I thought I knew Eddie Adams’s career. I see now that what I thought I knew barely scratched the surface. This book covers the photographic giant in a broad and beautiful way.”
John Moore, special correspondent/Getty Images, winner of four World Press awards and the Overseas Press Club Robert Capa Gold Medal and John Faber awards, and team member of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News


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