Eddie Adams Day to recall Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
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The life and work of Eddie Adams, a native of New Kensington who won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, is being celebrated this weekend with Eddie Adams Day and the Eddie Adams Photography Festival at the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum.
Adams, who died in 2004 at the age of 71, won the Pulitzer Prize with his famous shot of a close-range execution of a Viet Cong lieutenant. He photographed 13 wars and went on to capture memorable images of U.S. presidents, world leaders and celebrities.
Special guest on Saturday will be Adams' widow Alyssa Adams, who will talk at the museum at 12:30 p.m. about "An Unlikely Weapon," a 2009 documentary on her husband's life. The movie will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, as well as 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum.
Events also include an exhibit at the museum of 15 winning juried photos of New Kensington Camera Club members who were invited to show their skills in the spirit of Adams' work, and a 6 p.m. dinner Saturday night at the Clarion Hotel where CBS News photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner John Filo, originally from Natrona Heights, will speak. Cost of the dinner is $25 and tickets are still available.
Admission to the Heritage Museum, 224 E. Seventh Ave., Tarentum, is $5 Saturday and Sunday (free for members) and it will hold expanded hours throughout the month to display Adams' work, as well as that of the late Bill Larkin, chief of photography for the Valley News Dispatch.
Proceeds will be used to purchase a Pennsylvania Historical Marker for Eddie Adams, which will be placed in New Kensington. The weekend's events are sponsored by the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society and New Kensington Camera Club.
For details about events, call 724-224-7666; www.akvhs.org.
First Published June 8, 2012 12:00 am