New Kensington Camera Club

Please join us to dedicate the Pennsylvania Historic Marker and celebrate the life and times of one of America's greatest photographers, New Kensington's own PULITZER PRIZE WINNER,

Eddie Adams Photographic Archive, di_10391, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

1969 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Spot News Photography

EAD2016 Info


May 28, 2016

Eddie Adams: Vietnam

May 28th, 2016, 11:00am - 3:00 pm at the Penn State, New Kensington Campus. A special exhibit of  Eddie's Vietnam War photos will be on display at the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery. Special guest speakers will include Hal Buell of Associated Press and Alyssa Adams of TV Guide, Bathhouse Studios and Barnstorm, the Eddie Adams Workshop.

If time allows, a screening of the Eddie Adams documentary,

"An Unlikely Weapon, the Eddie Adams Story" will take place around 1:00pm


Eddie's Vietnam War Exhibit will run from May 9th through August at the Penn State Art Gallery, 550 Seventh Street Road, New Kensington, PA 15068-1765.

Eddie Adams Day 2016 Dinner at Hillcrest Country Club










A dinner at the Hillcrest Country Club in Lower Burrell will follow the Eddie Adams Vietnam Exhibit at 6:00pm with special guest speaker Walter Anderson of PARADE Magazine. Tickets for the EAD2016 Dinner must be purchased in advance from NKCC or  from the Heritage Museum. You can also make your reservations by emailing info@NKcameraclub.org or by calling Jim Thomas at 724-337-7500


Tickets for the Eddie Adams Day 2016 Dinner at Hillcrest Country Club are $35.00, if you choose to use PayPal, tickets are $37.00 to include the $2.00 PayPal processing fee, info@nkcameraclub.org


Walter Anderson was Chairman and CEO of Parade Publications (2000–2009) and he was the Editor of Parade magazine for 20 years before being named CEO. An author and playwright, Anderson is also co-founder of Novium Learning, an educational services company in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He worked 32 years at Parade Publications where he held the positions of Chairman and CEO and Editor-in-Chief. During his tenure, Anderson, who himself was America’s Storyteller on FNN, helped increase the circulation of PARADE Magazine by more than 50% to 37 million, the world’s largest. He brought in acclaimed writers such as Norman Mailer, Carl Sagan, Elie Wiesel, Julia Child and Gail Sheehy, and transformed and modernized the magazine with new columns and a higher level of reporting and writing. Walter hired Eddie Adams as a special correspondent to PARADE, which has featured more than 350 of Eddie's photos on its cover over the years. About Eddie, Walter said: “Eddie’s genius is his talent for capturing tension in every photo, whether it be the still of a murder or the animation in the eyes of a movie star,” “He is eclectic, incomparable and cantankerous. He is unyielding in the pursuit of excellence.”


Prior to joining PARADE in 1977, Walter Anderson held several senior newspaper management positions with Gannett Publications in Westchester, New York. He also was an investigative reporter whose articles appeared in New York Magazine and the Associated Press. He was named by Marjabelle Young Stewart to the list of the ten most well-mannered Americans. As a champion of literacy, Anderson made his theatrical debut in 1992 at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC where he created and presented an original program in storytelling to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of America and the National Center for Family Literacy. He has written five books including the bestsellers “Meant To Be," a memoir, and “The Confidence Course.” His latest play, “Almost Home,” was produced (2014) at the Acorn Theatre (NYC) by The Directors Company. His filmed series, “It’s About Time,” is permanently available at the Library of Congress. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1995 to serve for a four-year period as a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He has also served as a board member of the National Center for Family Literacy, Very Special Arts and PBS. He was awarded the Literacy Volunteers of America’s Stars in Literacy Award, the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal for literary achievement, the Tree of Life Award from The Jewish National Fund (presented by Elie Wiesel), the John H. Russell Leadership Award from the Marine Corps University Foundation, the Marine For Life Award (presented by Gen. James Jones, USMC, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe) and the Horatio Alger Award, for which he was nominated by the late Norman Vincent Peale. He has been an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at several colleges, including the University of the Pacific, Clemson University and the New School for Social Research in New York. Today, he is a member of the board of advisors of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. After his discharge from the Marines, he received an AA in liberal arts and social science from Westchester Community College (1970) and a BS in Psychology from Mercy College (1972) in Westchester, New York. He was valedictorian of both colleges and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mercy College for eight years and is now Trustee Emeritus.


Marker Dedication


Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Pennsylvania Historic Marker Dedication

The New Kensington Camera Club working in cooperation with our friends in the Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society, the City of New Kensington, Westmoreland County and  the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania  are proud to announce the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historic Marker for Eddie Adams at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 29th, at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue in New Kensington by the town clock. Please join us for this historic moment as we honor one of America's greatest photographers, Edward "Eddie" T. Adams.

Who was Eddie Adams?

With his signature hat, ponytail and unassuming disposition, one might not realize that photographer Eddie Adams covered 13 wars, beginning with a stint as a Marine Corps combat photographer in Korea in the early 1950s and ending in Kuwait in 1991.


He did three tours of Vietnam with the Associated Press and won the Pulitzer Prize for photography for his shot of a Viet Cong lieutenant being executed at close range on a Saigon street by a South Vietnamese general. In his more than five decades as a working photographer, Adams received more than 500 awards honoring his work, including World Press, New York Press, National Headliners and Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He said he likes getting them; that they’re nice. But he didn’t display them. He didn’t display that famous photo from Vietnam, either.

If he’d had his way, that photo would never be released for publication again.

Eddie Adams photographed some of the most celebrated people in the world: Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, whom he liked, and Pope John Paul II; Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis; Big Bird and Mickey Mouse. All of them, and many more, have looked into Adams’  lens. He remains one of the most published photographers in the U.S., with his work gracing the pages of newspapers and magazines like TIME, VOGUE, VANITY FAIR and PARADE. His career spanned journalism, corporate, editorial, fashion, entertainment and advertising photography. He photographed leaders in all fields, from politics to the superstars of film, television, sports and high fashion. His portfolio includes one-on-one sessions with seven U.S. Presidents and sixty-five Heads of State.


“Eddie’s genius is his talent for capturing tension in every photo, whether it be the still of a murder or the animation in the eyes of a movie star,” says PARADE Chairman Walter Anderson. “He is eclectic, incomparable and cantankerous. He is unyielding in the pursuit of excellence.”


It’s not the war photos or the celebrity photos or the awards that define what’s most important about Adams’ work. It’s the photos that have moved and inspired people to do good; the photos that have led to important change in government policy and people’s lives. He was proud of his 1979 shot “Boat of No Smiles,” depicting 50 Vietnamese on a 30-foot fishing boat fleeing their homeland. It was such a dire time for them, not even the children on board could find pleasure in a boat ride. It was Adams’ photo of these “boat people” that ultimately led Congress and President Jimmy Carter to open the door to the United States to more than 200,000 Vietnamese refugees.


In 1995, Adams created a photo essay for PARADE of some of “the most amazing, most beautiful children in America.” One image — that of a 3-year-old with leukemia, who was photographed with her security blanket — moved one woman so much that she started an organization. Project Linus, founded by Karen Loucks, is a non-profit that provides security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of blankets and afghans created by volunteers. Today, there are more than 300 chapters of Project Linus in the United States and abroad.


Adams began his photography career as a high school student in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, shooting weddings and other events for $20. He eventually got a job with the New Kensington Daily Dispatch. From there, he went to the Enquirer & News in Battle Creek, Mich., and the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. In 1962, he joined the Associated Press. After a decade, Adams left the AP for TIME magazine and freelance work. He rejoined the AP in 1976, where he was the first and only photographer to hold the title of special correspondent. In 1980, Adams became a PARADE magazine photographer and, from 1982-2004, was a special correspondent to PARADE, which has featured more than 350 of Adams’ photos on its cover over the years.


Eddie Adams passed away on September 19, 2004 from ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease).

His legacy continues in the annual photojournalism workshop, Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop, which he created in 1988,

and is still running strong





Inspired By Eddie Adams


Rules for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams 2016" Photo Show

The goal of the show is to showcase local photography inspired by Eddie Adams. The theme of  the show is “Photographs Inspired by Eddie Adams”. What we are looking for are portraits and human interest photos. What we are interested in is the human element in your photos, these can be street photos, environmental, photos that showcase the human condition.


Examples of  Eddie’s portrait work can be viewed at the Monroe Gallery of Photography.  http://www.monroegallery.com/photographers/display/id/66


Open to all photographers, but you must be a paid member of the New Kensington Camera Club. Submit a maximum of four (4) JPG photos at 72 DPI resolution to: photos@nkcameraclub.org


Entry fee is paid only if your photo or photos are selected.


Deadline to enter is May 1st, 2016.


Up to 40 photos may be selected, but only one photo per person will be selected.


Entrants selected for exhibition will be notified via email by May 7th, 2016.

Final drop off  date is May 21st at the New Kensington Arts Center between 12:00 and 4:00 pm.


Show opening will be May 27th at 7:00 pm.


The show will be on display from May 27th to June 12th at the New Kensington Arts Center, 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington, PA.


Photos should be printed at an image area of 11" x 14" centered in a white 16" x 20" area mounted on foam core or gator board.


All entries must be the original work of the person entering the exhibition. All photos must have a title and caption. Photographs should not be heavily manipulated. No nudes or nude figure studies will be accepted.

$10 per entry for New Kensington Camera Club members. This is a NKCC members only show. If you are a non-member, please include a $15  membership fee with your entry fee(s). Cash awards will be based on the number of entries. Show will be judged by Alyssa Adams and Walter Anderson.


Photographers will retain all copyrights for their images with the following exception: New Kensington Camera Club reserves the right to reproduce or exhibit entries, with proper attribution, for non-profit activities to promote the event, or to promote the New Kensington Camera Club.


The winners will be announced Saturday, May 28th, 2016, at the Eddie Adams Day Dinner.


The exhibit will be on display at the New Kensington Arts Center, 950 5th Avenue, New Kensington from May 28th to June 12th. A final viewing and closing reception will take place on Sunday, June 12th.


Show proceeds will benefit New Kensington Camera Club programs and the New Kensington Arts Center.


For more information visit: www.EddieAdamsDay.com


Or contact: info@nkcameraclub.org

Submit Photos


Submit Photos to photos@nkcameraclub.org

Please, no more than four (4) photos may be submitted per photographer.


If paying by check, please make checks payable to the New Kensington Camera Club, and mailed to 254 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA. Please make note on the check that it is for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" photo show.


You may also pay via PayPal by sending a payment to info@nkcameraclub.org.


All payments must be received by May 1st, 2016.

Please Note: No entries will be judged unless total fee amount is paid before May 1, 2016.



Presentation Requirements for Chosen Photos:



Prizes for the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" 2016 Photo Show

1st Place:




2nd Place:




3rd Place:

Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 1st Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize


Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 2nd Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize


Limited Edition Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coin

Title: 3rd Place "Inspired by Eddie Adams"

Cash Prize

In addition, we will also award an Honorable Mention. Photos will be judged by a panel of selected professionals from the photography industry.

Commemorative Coin


Limited Edition (100), Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins. The Coins feature a design created by graphic designer and New Kensington Camera Club President, Don Henderson of Henderson Graphic Design & Illustration of New Kensington, PA, featuring Eugene Pierce's epic photo of Eddie Adams.


The Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins were minted by Dennis De St Jeor of Quartermaster Sales & Service of Jacksonville, FL, and will be on sale for $30.00 apiece.


The Eddie Adams Day Commemorative Coins can be purchased at the "Inspired by Eddie Adams" photo exhibit at the New Kensington Arts Center during show hours, or during the Eddie Adams Day Dinner at the Hillcrest Country Club. Please Note: There are limited quantities of these coins available.

Contact Info


Please address all inquiries to info@nkcameraclub.org.


Eddie Adams Day, EAD2016 will be a 2 day event with the opening of the Eddie Adams: Vietnam exhibit at Penn State New Kensington Gallery, 3550 7th Street Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068. For more information, please email info@nkcameraclub.org.

The 2016 Eddie Adams Day Dinner is being held at the Hillcrest Country Club, 3411 Leechburg Rd, New Kensington, PA 15068 at 6:00pm on Saturday on May 29th. In order to attend, you must purchase tickets in advance from Alle-Kiski Heritage Museum or NKCC. A very limited number of ticket will be available at the door. To make a reservation or to pay by Paypal, please contact  info@nkcameraclub.org.

The dedication of Eddie Adams Pennsylvania Historic Marker with take place at May 29th at 2:00 pm, at the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue, by the town clock. A reception hosted by the Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society will take place afterwards at the Heritage Museum on  in Tarentum.   info@nkcameraclub.org.

Eddie Adams Day, EAD2016 is an annual event held by the New Kensington Camera Club with the cooperation of the the Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society, Penn State New Kensington and the City of New Kensington, PA. © 2016 New Kensington Camera Club.