Some are less immediately familiar but no less powerful. Athletes celebrate an Olympic victory. A vulture waits patiently near a starving Ethiopian child. A shamed American president bows his head while his stoic wife, also a politician, looks on. Others deliver a punch to the gut if you happen to live in
Wednesday marks the
"I've been looking at these photographs for 20 years," says curator
The Pulitzer Prize, which was first awarded in 1917, created its first newspaper photography award in 1942 and added a second in 1968 to honor feature photography. Rubin, who produced and directed the Emmy-winning documentary Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs, first started putting the exhibit together in 1994.
"It took four years to find the negatives, because newspapers hadn't been preserving negatives," says Rubin, who is also a Tony Award-winning producer. "They didn't think there was any value to it."
Displayed as they are in "Capture the Moment," though, the large-format photographs make an impressive impact ("I made them big because I want people to step into the situation," Rubin says.) They range through time from a picket line beating at the first
There are 166 photos in the exhibit, but due to space considerations at the
"It's easy to take for granted the news pictures you see every day," he says, adding that the exhibit is second in popularity only to the 9/11 exhibit at the Newseum. "We hope this exhibit will help people pause for a moment and think about how these photographs are taken by someone trained to put journalism into photojournalism and try to preserve history for the rest of us."
Newton, who will lead a panel discusson at the Frost on
"It's important because in the digital age a lot has been said about the value of traditional media. And while it's true that we are a world with billions of people carrying cameras and with more photographs being taken than at any other time in human history, this exhibit shows why photojournalism is special. It's not the same kind of photography that those of us who carry smartphones are able to capture.
"Photojournalists are not normal people. They do things the rest of us don't do. They want to go to wars. They run toward people who are shooting bullets. They go where we can't go, and because of that they see what we can't see, and so they bring back stories that change how we view the world."
Rubin agrees that such vital images have the power to influence change.
"The photograph is more powerful than the word," she says. "People hear the words and listen to them but don't necessarily act upon them. Then they see the photograph, and things being to happen -- changes in laws, in government reactions. The result of
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