Still River Editions prints historic Vietnam portfolio

In 1968, Associated Press photojournalist Eddie Adams took a photograph that changed the way the public viewed the Vietnam War. His photograph of Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner won the Pulitzer Prize, and is one of the iconic images associated with the war.

That photograph is but one of the many that comprise Eddie Adams: Vietnam, the landmark book and exhibition from Umbrage Editions and Umbrage Gallery, both of New York City. The long-anticipated book is the first dedicated to Eddie Adams’ work, and many never-before-seen images are included in this historic portfolio, with contributions by other noted journalists including Hal Buell, Tom Brokaw and Peter Arnett.

Alyssa Adams (Adams’ wife and collaborator), who edited the book, approached Mark Savoia of Still River Editions of Danbury, Connecticut to prepare the images for the book and print the archival black and white prints for the exhibition.

Owner and Master Printmaker Mark Savoia says, “Working on these images that showed the brutality of war in the late 1960s gave us the same powerful response 40 years later. Each image smacked us in the face with the day-to-day reality of war. Adams’ fearless approach was a road map to all war photographers since.”

The images were painstakingly reproduced from the original negatives and prints using archival methods. Due to their age, many required extensive digital preparation. Savoia then printed the images using a process known as Piezography--a digital fine art process that uses carbon pigment inks on fine art paper. Prints made by this process have a tonal range and longevity that makes them ideal for exhibit of historical images.

Prints will be on exhibit at Umbrage Gallery in Brooklyn Feb 5-April 30, 2009.
 Opening reception March 5th 6-8pm. Umbrage Gallery is located at
111 Front St. Suite 208 Brooklyn, NY 11201. The book will be available in March from publisher Umbrage Editions and available from major booksellers.