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Eddie Adams

Vietnam War photographer's work coming to Dublin

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Eddie Adams brought the scenes of the Vietnam War to the doorsteps of America.

The photographer served three tours as a combat photographer during the Vietnam War and won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo of a Viet Cong officer being shot by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brig. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan in Saigon.

His work will come to Dublin next year.

"We have an incredible opportunity to reach those who live, work and visit Dublin and show them scenes from Vietnam," Dublin Arts Council Executive David Guion told Dublin City Council members last week.

Adams died in 2004 at age 71, but the Arts Council and Dublin have been in talks with his widow, Alyssa Adams, since February to bring 50 of his Vietnam photos to Dublin next year.

"We have a chance in Dublin to recognize his achievements," Guion said, of the exhibition, "Eddie Adams: Vietnam" that is expected to be at the Arts Council May 25 to Sept. 11, 2015.

The exhibition, which has not been seen at many galleries, would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the U.S.'s deployment of ground troops and the country's involvement in combat action in the Vietnam War and will work to honor veterans "in Dublin, central Ohio and beyond," Guion said.

Dublin Director of Community Relations Sandra Puskarcik said Dublin's work on the bringing the exhibition to town stems from the request of Dublin City Council member Richard Gerber to have more veterans' initiatives and programming.

In addition to the 50 Adams photos, the exhibition is expected to include a video documentary on Adams and yet-to-be planned student and community workshops.

Alyssa Adams and photographer Hal Buell will visit Dublin to provide lectures and behind-the-scenes information at the exhibition, Guion said.

Buell worked with Adams and served for 25 years as the head of photography service at the Associated Press news agency.

The Arts Council will also have a video feedback booth at the exhibition.

"Dublin has a chance to capture stories that have never been told," Guion said of plans to document stories from veterans and others who remember the war.

Bringing the exhibition to Dublin is expected to cost $56,400.

Guion said the Arts Council has applied for a National Endowment of the Arts grant, but also asked council for a $12,000 grant from the hotel/motel tax fund that is used to support arts in Dublin.

The Arts Council is also planning to seek corporate support for the exhibition.

Dublin City Council hears requests for hotel/motel tax grants in the fall and is likely to support the exhibition.

"I look forward to seeing this," Mayor Michael Keenan said.

"This will be a major art show of national significance," Councilman John Reiner said.

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