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Eddie Adams

Just to let you all know….

(please feel free to send this to any one who
might be interested)

By Dirck Halstead

Eddie Adams is dying.

Normally, this would be whispered.

In this case, there is no point.

Eddie has ALS – “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It
isn’t his fault. He didn’t do anything to get it. It
just happens. It is terminal. Period.

He first noticed the symptoms a year ago; since
then, his decline has been inexorable. He has the
kind that starts in his head, as opposed to the
variety that killed Black Star’s Howard Chapnik,
which started in his feet. The good news is that by
starting in the head, the disease gives the victim a
lot less time to suffer.

He is now on a respirator. He is fully
cognizant, and would do anything to go to the Eddie
Adams Workshop next month. I doubt he will.

He can’t talk anymore. His vocal cords are
frozen. So he can’t take phone calls.

The Digital Journalist
(http://digitaljournalist.org) will devote much of
its October issue to Eddie’s work and life.

My only hope is that he will still be able to
see it.

For Eddie, news photography has been his life.
There was never a fiercer competitor. I know – I was
on the other end.

Two decades ago, he decided to establish the
Eddie Adams Workshop. Its purpose was to train young
photojournalists and take them to the next level. He
leaned on his friends at Kodak and Nikon to fund it.
He has probably been a greater influence in shaping
young photographers’ lives than anyone I can think
of. When funding was short, Eddie reached into his
own pocket to make these workshops happen.

Many young photographers don’t even know who he
is. Let me make it simple. He took the picture that
changed the course of the Vietnam War: General Loan
shooting a VC who had just killed some of Loan’s
men. Eddie hated that picture. He knew Loan, and
walked through the dangerous streets of 1968 with
him. In later years, Eddie spent a lot of time with
the general. But there were so many other pictures -
the Vietnam refugee boatlift, pictures of America in
transition, and the years of covers for PARADE of
virtually every major cultural icon we have.

Thousands of you owe Eddie a card. Don’t wait.
Just send one today, telling him how you feel.
However, please do not send get-well cards, or
maudlin messages. Just send Eddie words of warm
appreciation or remembrances.

This is one of those chances to express
appreciation that rarely comes in a person’s life.

If you don’t do it, you will join his
everlasting SHIT LIST. (I know. I have been on it
for years!)

Send cards to:

Eddie & Alyssa Adams
538 East 11th Street
New York, N.Y., 10009

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