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Vietnam Review: An Unlikely Weapon

4/13/2018 • Vietnam Magazine

An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story

DVD, produced and directed by Morgan Cooper, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, 85 minutes, 2008, $24.95 www.anunlikelyweapon.com

While Eddie Adams covered 13 wars and took pictures of presidents, dictators, popes and Penthouse pinups, his life is forever entwined with America’s war in Vietnam. The war was central to his career, and his pictures became central to the war. And no matter how large and varied the scope of his work, we are compelled—Adams, the filmmaker and us—to linger on that Saigon street corner with that one signature image. In An Unlikely Weapon, Morgan Cooper has gracefully chronicled the photographer’s career through interviews with Adams and many of his collegaues, such as Bill Eppridge, Gordon Parks, Nick Ut and David Hume Kennerly, who share the unvarnished truth of young men learning their trade and making their mark in the crucible of war.

 

Originally published in the June 2009 issue of Vietnam Magazine. To subscribe, click here

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