AUSTIN, Texas – The photographic archive of renowned photojournalist Eddie Adams has been donated by his widow, Alyssa Adams, to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.
"The Eddie Adams Photographic Archive is one of the most important collection gifts ever made to the Briscoe Center, said Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. "It is a monumental addition to the photojournalism component of our news media archive. Adams was a hugely influential photographer and journalist, whose body of work would be remarkable for its visual impact alone. But more important, his work had the power to shape the course of history. I cannot overstate the degree to which this donation enhances our already impressive photographic and news media holdings."
While he was on assignment for the AP, Adams carried his camera through 150 operations in Vietnam. He also covered wars in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Lebanon, and Kuwait. "Boat of No Smiles," his series on the Vietnamese boat people, influenced the United States to admit 200,000 Vietnamese refugees at the end of the war.
"It was important that Eddie's legacy be preserved by an educational institution, one that collects photojournalism for teaching and research," said Alyssa Adams. "He was such an important mentor and colleague to the community of photojournalists, so it's particularly fitting that his work will be in the same institution that holds the archives of his peers."
The Adams collection joins the archives of a number of his colleagues already held at the Briscoe Center, including David Hume Kennerly, Dirck Halstead, Wally McNamee, Diana Walker, Dick Swanson, Flip Schulke, and Cynthia Johnson.
In conjunction with the announcement of the donation of the Adams collection, the Briscoe Center will host an exhibit of his photographs at its Sid Richardson Hall location. For details on the exhibit, which closes Jan. 16, 2010, please visit the Briscoe Center's Web site. The Briscoe Center will also host a screening of a documentary that examines Adams's life, on Oct. 28 at the Blanton Museum of Art. The screening is free and open to the public, and will be followed by remarks from Alyssa Adams and Eddie Adams's professional colleague David Hume Kennerly. Details on the event will be available shortly.