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Twelve Though-Provoking Photographs. And the Stories Behind Them. Photo 1. 1988  Scott Shaw  Odessa (TX) American won the Pulitzer for his photograph of the child Jessica McClure being rescued from the well into which she had fallen.

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Twelve though provoking photographs

Twelve Though-Provoking Photographs

And the Stories Behind Them

Twelve though provoking photographs

Photo 1

1988 Scott Shaw Odessa (TX) Americanwon the Pulitzer for his photograph of the child Jessica McClure being rescued from the well into which she had fallen.

Following her rescue on October 16, 1987, surgeons had to

amputate part of McClure's right foot due to loss of circulation

while in the well. She has had 15 surgeries over the years and

has no first-hand memory of being trapped in the well. McClure graduated from Greenwood High School, in May 2004.

Orphans of addiction series 1998

Photo 2

“Orphans of Addiction” Series - 1998

Kevin Bryan settles down for the night on the sofa

in his living room, looking into the kitchen

where his father's addict friends sleep on the floor; the

refrigerator and stove have been sold for drug money. 

  • 1998: Clarence Williams, Los Angeles Times

    This series of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs depicts the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.

Kent state massacre 1970

Photo 3

Kent State Massacre, 1970

The Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Mary

Ann Vecchio crying over the body of

Jeffrey Miller, one of the victims of the

Kent State shootings.

Twelve though provoking photographs

Photo 3

Photographs of the dead and wounded at Kent State

amplified sentiment against the United States' invasion

of Cambodia and the Vietnam War in general.

In particular, the camera of this Kent State

photojournalism student captured a fourteen-year-old

runaway, Mary Ann Vecchio, screaming over the

body of the dead student, Jeffrey Miller, who had been

shot in the mouth. The photograph, which won a 

Pulitzer Prize, became the most enduring image

of the events, and one of the most enduring images of

the anti-Vietnam War movement.

Oklahoma city bombing 1995

Photo 4

“Oklahoma City Bombing” - 1995

A haunting photograph, taken after the Oklahoma City bombing shows a one-year-old victim handed to and then cradled by a local fireman.

The image of firefighter Chris Fields holding the

dying infant Baylee Almon won the Pulitzer Prize.

Twelve though provoking photographs

Photo 5

2006: Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News

for haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funerals for Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.

Twelve though provoking photographs

During the arrival of a Marine's casket at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process. Passengers in one plane can see Marines removing the casket from another. "See the people in the windows? They sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. And they should.“

Twelve though provoking photographs

Photo 6

John F. Kennedy, Jr. (often referred to as “John-John”) was killed in a fatal plane crash in 1999.

  • President John F. Kennedy’s family attends his funeral in Washington, D.C., November 25, 1963.

2010 pulitzer winner

Photo 7

2010 Pulitzer Winner

The dramatic photo of a construction worker

rescuing a woman from the Des Moines River.

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Photo 7

Mrs. Neely and her husband, Alan Neely, had fallen

into the water after their disabled boat went over a

dam in downtown Des Moines June 30. Alan Neely

drowned, and rescue workers were unable to reach his wife

in the swirling current under the dam. The rolling water

repeatedly sucked Neely under, then pushed her

back to the surface.Oglesbee, who’d been working on a pedestrian bridge over

the dam, chained himself to the end of a crane. The crane

Operator lowered him to the water, where he managed

to pluck Ralph-Neely from the water. Chind, standing on

the opposite riverbank, captured the scene.

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Photo 8

2000 Photo Staff of Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO for its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School.

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Photo 9

1986 Tom Gralish The Philadelphia Inquirer

For his series of photographs of Philadelphia's homeless.

1968 pulitzer prize winning photograph

Photo 10

1968 Pulitzer Prize Winning Photograph

Rocco Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography for this photograph – “The Kiss of Life.” Apprentice lineman J.D. Thompson is breathing life into the mouth of another apprentice lineman, Randall G. Champion, who hangs unconscious after receiving a jolt of high voltage. Morabito was driving on West 26th Street in July 1967 on another assignment when he saw Champion dangling from the pole. He called an ambulance and grabbed his camera. Champion recovered.

Babe ruth retires no 3 by nathaniel fein

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Babe Ruth Retires, No. 3 by Nathaniel Fein

One of the poignant moments featured in the Pulitzer exhibition is that of Babe Ruth’s final appearance at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 1948. The legendary ball player had been diagnosed with cancer in 1946. Two years later he walked slowly onto the field after an exhibition game, weakened by illness and using his bat as a cane. His old teammates stood at attention. The crowd in the packed stands went crazy.

Nat Fein of the New York Herald Tribune took several photos, but wasn’t satisfied. He walked around to the other side.

“I saw Ruth standing there with his uniform, #3, the number that would be retired, and knew that was the shot.” This Pulitzer Prize photograph caught the bittersweet finale of that remarkable career. 

Hindenburg 1937

Photo 12

Hindenburg, 1937

The airship Hindenburg explodes as

it comes in for a landing in Lakehurst,

New Jersey, May 6, 1937.

Hindenburg historical footage

Hindenburg Historical Footage


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