Friday, July 16, 2010

Associated Press head of photography Hal Buell and former Vietnam Chief of Bureau Richard Pyle lead discussion to conclude "Eddie Adams: Vietnam" special exhibit at Bethel Arts Center

Eddie Adams in Vietnam

Some 250 people attended a July 11 panel discussion at the museum at The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts featuring former AP head of photography Hal Buell and former Vietnam Chief of Bureau Richard Pyle to conclude its "Eddie Adams: Vietnam" special exhibit.

The panel consisted of people who knew and worked with Adams (1933-2004), an AP photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his iconic "Saigon Execution" photo of Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a suspected Viet Cong officer in 1968. Buell led the conversation in Bethel, N.Y., headlined "Capturing Vietnam: A Panel of Photojournalists Who Covered Vietnam." Other participants included former LIFE and Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Eppridge and Russell Burrows, son of LIFE photographer Larry Burrows, who was killed in a helicopter shootdown in Laos. Pyle says "the panelists discussed the important role that still photographers played in Vietnam and the camaraderie formed among the journalists." The museum is near the farm where the Eddie Adams workshop for aspiring photographers is held annually. The Eddie Adams: Vietnam exhibit ran from May through July 11.