Eddie Adams, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing Viet Cong prisoner Nguyen Van Lém, Saigon, silver print, 1968. Estimate: $9,000 to $12,000.
Images distributed through the news media have a far-reaching social impact, and photojournalists often risk their lives to communicate visual information. With the introduction of LIFE and LOOK magazines in the 1930s, photo-reportage became a reality. Pictures by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Cornell Capa, and Margaret Bourke-White, several of which appear in Tuesday's Fine Photographs & Select Photobooks auction, are associated with this groundbreaking period.
The range of photographs offered in this auction is a veritable 'Who's Who' of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalists from the 1950s-70s. Iconic images associated with the Vietnam War by Nick Ut and Eddie Adams stand alongside Moneta Sleet, Jr.'s poignant image of Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. at her husband's funeral. Like other great news photographs, they speak to our collective identity as Americans.
Labels: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Daile Kaplan, Eddie Adams, fine photographs, Margaret Bourke-White, Martin Luther King Jr., photojournalism