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1/500th of a Second
Can a photo change the world? Its a good question. Most photographers agree that at one point in their careers they believed it was possible for one of their photographs to change the world. Its a noble belief. But after years of experience, its rare to find someone who holds on to this idea. Eddie Adams did believe it was possible. I think regardless of the answer, its a question worth asking when you pick up a camera. Maybe its an unattainable goal or a Zen koan. There might not be an answer, but that wont stop us from exploring the possibilities of 1/500th of a second.
“The most powerful weapon in the world has been,
and can be a photograph. Military weapons can
only destroy. Cameras, in the hands of photographers
with hearts can capture Love-Hope-Passion-Change
lives and make the world a better place…and it only
takes 1/500th of a second. Life goes on-We photograph
it. But its much better with Love.”
— Eddie Adams
“An Unlikely Weapon”
An Unlikely Weapon
The documentary on Eddie Adams and his life’s work is outstanding. It will get you riled up, make you nostalgic, inspire you, and make you misty eyed. Its worth every swing of the emotional pendulum. Its also available on Netflix for US residents.