Eddie Adams didn’t want to be remembered for his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo

The New York Times' Lens blog
Winning a Pulitzer means that forever your name is followed by the phrase, "who won a Pulitzer Prize for..." Don Winslow, editor of NPPA's News Photographer magazine, writes  that legendary photojournalist Eddie Adams once called him to ask that Winslow not start off Adams' obituary by noting his 1969 Pulitzer for "Saigon Execution," the iconic photo of the Vietnam War. It's not that Adams didn't want a Pulitzer, according to Winslow, but he wished that he had won for a portrait of Jackie Kennedy receiving the American flag at her husband's funeral. (Unbeknownst to Adams, that photo was never submitted to the contest.)

Winslow notes that Adams told him that he made the same request of The New York Times but he knew “they probably won’t be able to help themselves.”

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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