Behind every photograph is a story.
Now through September 20, powerful stories told through Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs are on display at The Durham Museum. These images can transport us back in time, make us experience strong emotions, remember and reflect. In a series of blog posts, we are calling “History Through Pulitzer,” we will feature some of these award-winning photos throughout the run of the exhibit, accompanied by a story from someone in our local community. Please enjoy the images and the stories told.
HISTORY THROUGH PULITZER
Do you recognize this image? It came to symbolize the lives lost in the deadliest act of homegrown terrorism in U.S. history, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. In 1996 the photo was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Photography for Spot News. THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO On the morning of April 19, 1995, Charles Porter IV was working in the… Continue Reading History Through Pulitzer: “Oklahoma City Bombing”
By Diane Wanek “Although I’m a native Nebraskan, I lived in New Orleans for many years and experienced a number of hurricanes and even some flooding while I lived there. Only once was the threat from a hurricane so dire that I left the city seeking shelter elsewhere. A voluntary or mandatory evacuation from a metropolitan area the size of… Continue Reading History Through Pulitzer: “Hurricane Katrina”
by Ali Khan, M.D “Fear. I know it well. It was also my reaction as I took care of patients in a treatment ward with only simple personal protective equipment when I first started about 20 years ago. The heat fogging my goggles, sweat running down my face, trying to draw blood in a dimly lit ward from a child… Continue Reading History Through Pulitzer: “Ebola Ravages West Africa”
by Eric Krelle “The most intriguing thing to me about the Iwo Jima flag raising photograph is that 75 years later it is literally everywhere. During the recent Super Bowl TV programing I counted three separate times that the flag raising photograph, video, or statue were shown. That’s three times in about 30 minutes on the biggest stage in America.… Continue Reading History Through Pulitzer: “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”