Renditions: Saigon Execution – Eddie Adams, Vietnam, 1968

[singlepic id=181 w=525 h=525 float=center]Eddie Adams – Saigon Executionphotograph – 1968 – Vietnam

[singlepic id=85 w=525 h=525 float=center]Henry VIII’s WivesIconic Moments of the 20th Centuryphotograph – 2007 – UK

[singlepic id=80 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mark DaughheteeHosedphotograph – 2004 – USA

[singlepic id=81 w=525 h=525 float=center]Borf BrigadeThe Consolation of Ruin – 2007 – USA

[singlepic id=79 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mike Stimpsonphotograph – 2007 – UK

[singlepic id=77 w=525 h=525 float=center]Xiang Jing – Bang!sculpture – 2002 – China

[singlepic id=82 w=525 h=525 float=center]Amnesty International – print – 2005 – New Zealand

[singlepic id=83 w=525 h=525 float=center]Dolk Lundgren – Weed Killergraffiti – 2008 – Norway

[singlepic id=84 w=525 h=525 float=center]Franck Réthorépainting – 2007 – France

[singlepic id=100 w=525 h=525 float=center]Kenyon BajusExecutionprint – 2004 – USA

[singlepic id=87 w=525 h=525 float=center]Krista WortendykeIconic Recallprint – USA


  • The original photo received the Pulitzer Prize for ‘Spot News Photography’ in 1969 under the name ‘Saigon Execution’. Nowadays it is often captioned as ‘General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner in Saigon’.
  • For such an iconic photo and a well documented event, it is surprising that so many people cannot eloquently explain the context of this image, summarizing it to ‘a bad guy killing a good guy’. Please take a moment to learn more about the incident by clicking here and here.
  • If you are aware of additional artworks derived from the original photo, please send details and links by leaving a comment or sending an email.
  • If you enjoyed this post, please make sure you check back in a month or so, as additional artworks will be added.

The following was added after this post was first published.

[singlepic id=168 w=525 h=525 float=center]miniplimanprint – 2009 – Germany

[singlepic id=244 w=525 h=621 float=center]Liu JinNews – Wangfujingphotograph – 2001 – China

[singlepic id=292 w=525 h=525 float=center]Olivier BlanckartThe Remix Saigon (After Eddie Adams)sculpture – 1997 – France

[singlepic id=298 w=525 h=525 float=center]LocustMural For Clarion Alleymural – 2011 – USA

[singlepic id=302 w=525 h=525 float=center]Yasumasa MorimuraA Requiem: Vietnam War, 1968-1991photograph – 1991 – Japan

[singlepic id=301 w=525 h=525 float=center]Manit SriwanichpoomThis Bloodless War No. 2photograph – 1997 – Thailand

[singlepic id=303 w=525 h=525 float=center]Kevin Hagedorn and Amro JayousiObama’s War is a Crimeperformance art – 2010 – USA

[singlepic id=305 w=525 h=525 float=center]Vik MunizMemory Rendering of Saigon Executionphotograph – 1990 – USA

[singlepic id=306 w=525 h=525 float=center]Mark YoungDave Stewart’s Vietnam Execution Tributephotograph – USA

[singlepic id=307 w=525 h=525 float=center]Johnny de BrestVladraculphotograph – 1995 – Germany

[singlepic id=308 w=525 h=525 float=center]Carlos LatuffThe Coca-Cola Seriesphotograph – 2003 – Brazil

[singlepic id=309 w=525 h=525 float=center]Dinh Q. LêUntitled (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) from ‘From Vietnam to Hollywood’ – tapestry – 2003 – USA

[singlepic id=310 w=525 h=525 float=center]Karen OstromThe Execution from The Gun Series – photograph – 2005 – USA

[singlepic id=328 w=525 h=525 float=center]Pavel Maria Smejkal – from the Fatescapes series – print – 2009 – Slovakia

[singlepic id=311 w=525 h=525 float=center]Sanna DullawayPast in Colourprint – 2011 – Sweden

Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire - 1989 - USABilly JoelWe Didn’t Start The Firemusic video – 1989 – USA

The following work precedes Adams’ photo:

[singlepic id=304 w=525 h=525 float=center]Esther BubleySmall Boys Watching the Woodrow Wilson High School Cadetsphotograph – 1943 – USA

Separated Twins: Musician Jonty Bankes And Actor John Simm

I am not sure if everybody knows The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Official Website of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain | UkuleleOrchestra.comThe Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain | IMDb.comThe Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain |, but after watching their DVD Anarchy in the Ukulele, I came to the conclusion that everybody should. Their rendition of popular songs on the Hawaiian instrument is so refreshing and often humorous, and as someone who loves remixes it is no wonder I loved their performance.

After playing their 2005 performance at the Barbican oh-so-many times, I have noticed one of the musicians, Jonty Bankes, looks eerily close to English actor John Simm, which I first knew as Detective Inspector Sam Tyler on BBC One’s ‘Life on Mars’:

Separated Twins: Musician Jonty Bankes And Actor John Simm

Jonty Bankes, who plays the ‘bass ukulele’, in a photo taken from the musical ensemble’s 2005 performance at the Barbican.
DI Sam Tyler, AKA John Simm, in a ‘Life on Mars’ publicity shot taken in 2006.


In addition to the facial similarities, note the ‘Life on Mars’ connection as you watch this ‘song about plagiarism’ from their DVD:


Analog News Editors In A Digital World – A Case Study

There are four major methods used on TV to obscure a person’s face so that he would not be recognized:

  • Pixelization: during editing, a video graphics filter is used to lower the resolution of the footage
  • Black bars: during editing, a graphical element is superimposed over the footage
  • Extreme close-up: focusing during filming on a single facial feature, such as lips or eyes
  • Silhouette: adjusting the camera exposure during filming so that the person appears totally black

The latter method was used during yesterday’s evening news, in a pre-taped press conference. Since this was not a live broadcast, there was no reason for any slip-up, and for the most part I could only see the silhouette of the woman talking. But when some still photojournalists used their camera flash, it lit the entire room and for a split second revealed the face of the woman.
Now perhaps during the 1990’s this kind of incident would not amount to much, since you could not rewind live TV or use your computer to download the news – but those analog days are long gone, and it is about time people in the Israeli media would recognize that fact.

Since this is not the first time I have noticed the Israeli media dropping the ball on this issue, I thought I would present a case study of the three Israeli broadcast channels, examining yesterday’s cover of that news conference:

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Separated Twins: Football Referee Herbert Fandel And Actor Robbie Coltrane

The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship is on. Constantly on. So much so that it sent my TV watching habits into temporary exile, as my disdain from football is utter and well documented. And so, it is my great honor to publish a guest post written by my aptly named friend, Guy, who seem to know a lot about this sport:

While watching the Euro 2008 Group A game between Portugal and Turkey, I knew the German referee Herbert Fandel reminded me of someone but wasn’t quite sure who. It took me almost a day until it hit me – Robbie Coltrane, who played criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald in the BBC show “The Cracker”. Fandel is best known for being the referee in the Euro 2008 qualifying game between Sweden And Denmark, where Denmark was down 3-0 at half time but managed to tie the game 3-3 in the final minutes. In the 89th minute Fandel awarded Sweden with a penalty kick after a fight broke up between two players. At this point a Danish fan broke into the field and attacked Fandel, who left the field without concluding the game. Coltrane has appeared lately as Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series. Seperated Twins: Separated Twins: Football Referee Herbert Fandel And Actor Robbie Coltrane

Left: Robbie Coltrane Right: Herbert Fandel

Love In The Tub: Discusses Hagigit

Hagigit, the Jerusalem artists’ cooperative I co-founded, got some attention today in the form of an interview:, the self-proclaimed ‘definitive English-language culture guide to the center of the world’ published today an interview with Guy Yitzhaki, a fellow co-founder of our little art group. In the interview Guy discusses the goals of our group and elaborates on our most recent activity. Check it out!

Joy Cometh in the Morning, Delivered By the Paperboy

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Yesterday, in front of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama delivered an historic speech. Instead of the usual speech that every other politician gives, which basically show affection without backing it up with any specific commitments (‘we stand with Israel… Israel is strong… I cried at Yad Vashem… Bla bla bla…‘) – instead of that, Obama made elaborate and unprecedented commitments including:

  • keeping US aid at 30 billion dollars over the next decade
  • unequivocal commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon
  • rejection of the Palestinian right of return
  • Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – undivided

Now that Baruch Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee, do yourself a favor and invest 35 minutes of your time to listen to one whole speech by the senator. Each day I watch in dismay how the TV channels summarize a speech to a 30 seconds sound bite, and while each day it is a different speech, the sound bites are almost the same: Change-change-change, Hope-hope-hope, Yes we can. People who say Obama has nothing but slogans to offer – this is for you:


Full transcript, below the fold:
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Girl, Don’t Cross the Street Alone with Your Flowing Hair

Yarkon Bridge Trio - Shlishiat Gesher HayarkonOn the road last week, an old song by Israeli band Yarkon Bridge Trio was being played on the radio, and it got me thinking about how cultural norms change over time, and how songs can be time capsules, storing the essence of en era. In this particular case the era of Israel in the 1960’s, when all the men were ‘men’, all the women were ‘girls’, and all acts of blatant sexual harassment were considered acceptable foreplay. This particular song was not only extremely popular at the time, but was considered a praise for womankind.

As always, in my translation of the lyrics to English I tried to adhere to the meaning, the tempo and the rhymes, to the best of my ability, but as always, unless you can read the original Hebrew lyrics, you can only get the general gist of it. As Israel’s national poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik put it: reading a work of art in translation is like kissing somebody through a handkerchief.

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Don’t Cross the Street Alone – Yarkon Bridge Trio – lyrics:

Stanza 1:
   Girl, don’t cross the street alone
   With your flowing hair
   Girl, don’t cross the street alone
   You will set it aflare
Stanza 2:
   Each and every man will stare at you
   With a look of lust
   Each and every man will stare at you
   With a killer glance
Stanza 3:
   Hey listen,
   What if one of them will suddenly break
   Your tender heart
   He will forever tie you to his bed
   Why would you go for that
Repeat stanza 1
Stanza 4:
   Each and every man will stare at you
   Looking lost and forlorn
   Each and every man will stare at you
   Each and every one
Repeat stanza 3
Repeat stanza 1
Stanza 5:
   Each and every man will stare at you
   With a hungry glance
   Each and every man will stare at you
   With coyote eyes
Repeat stanza 3
בית 1:
   אל תעברי לבד ילדה ברחוב
   בשיער גולש
   אל תעברי לבד ילדה ברחוב
   זה משחק באש
בית 2:
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   במבט עורג
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   במבט הורג
בית 3:
   מה יהיה אם אחד פתאום ישבור
   את לבך הרך
   אל מיטתו לעד אותך יקשור
   למה, למה לך
חוזר בית 1
בית 4:
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   במבט אבוד
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   כל אחד לחוד
חוזר בית 3
חוזר בית 1
בית 5:
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   במבט רעב
   כל הגברים כולם יביטו בך
   בעיני זאב
חוזר בית 3