|Rosenthal's Iwo Jima flag raising|
Much of the info here was taken from Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs by Hal Buell. It's an engaging book devoted to the stories behind all of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photos. It appears to get updated every couple years to include the latest winners, which is cool. My copy was printed in 2009.
|Noel's thirsty life boat survivors|
Frank Filan (1944 Pulitzer): Covering the invasion of Tarawa Island during WWII, he lost his camera during the initial invasion. He instead worked as a medic for several days until he was able to borrow another camera days later to photograph the carnage.
|Capa's D-Day landing|
Joe Rosenthal (1945 Pulitzer): Rosenthal followed the marines on their WWII invasion of Iwo Jima, the bloodies battle in Marine Corps history. His photo of five Marines raising the US flag over Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi is certainly the most famous photo of WWII, and arguably in American history.
Horst Faas (1965 & 1972 Pulitzers): Faas won his first prize for his series of uncensored photos of the Viet Nam war. Wounded in the leg by rocket shrapnel during that campaign. Faas won his second Pulitzer in 1972 for his coverage of the Bangladesh war for independence from Pakistan.
|Adams' VC execution|
Eddie Adams (1969 Pulitzer): After covering the Korean War for the Marines, Adams worked in Viet Nam for the AP. While in Saigon, he photographed Lt. Col. Nguyen Loan shooting a captured Vietcong soldier in the head. Though not intended as such, the photo became an anti-war statement in the USA, and haunted both Adams and Loan the rest of their lives.
|Ut's photo of Phan Thi Kim Phuc|
I could go on for many pages covering even just the more famous conflict photographers that followed, but this is a blog, not a book. These men (and later, women) risked their own lives to bring us civilians a glimpse of the sacrifice and hardship that the armed forces have endured in order that the rest of us may sleep safely at night. Don't forget to thank a service man/woman today for the life you have.
If you've got any other great conflict photographers about whom you think our readers should know, please speak up in the comments below.
One week after I initially posted this article, the legendary Joe McNally posted an article on his blog about Kim Phuc. This week marks 40 years since Nick Ut took her photo during the botched air strike that changed her life. She's since turned that suffering into a pedestal for humanitarian work. Please check out Joe's article at:ReplyDelete