Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pulitzer and World Press Pics of the Year: 1964

Continuing the list of the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Photography, from inception in 1942, and the World Press Photograph of the Year, from inception in 1955.

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Pulitzer Prize for Photography
Year:
 1964
Photographer:
 Robert H Jackson
Photograph:
Jack Ruby Shooting Lee Harvey Oswald

Comments:

This photograph has been the subject of an earlier Bytes:

http://bytesdaily.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/iconic-images-ruby-shoots-oswald.html

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World Press Photograph of the Year
Year:
 1964
Photographer:
 Don McCullin
Photograph:
A Turkish woman mourns her dead husband, a victim of the Greek-Turkish civil war. 

 Comments:

The Turks and the Cypriots have argued over the ownership of the Turkish occupied northern part of Cyprus for many years. Like the divisions in many other countries and areas – Ireland, Palestine, The Falklands – the situation is complicated by minorities within the areas, disputed boundaries, geographical position and opposing nationalist sentiments. Despite various attempted compromise settlements, in 1964 ongoing differences and stresses resulted in violent government actions between Greece and Turkey. Eventually intervention by the United Nations led to another compromise settlement but ongoing issues and conflicts remain.

Don McCullin was born in 1935 in a poor section of northern London, UK. After serving as an aerial photographer for the RAF during his national service, from 1964 to 1984 he covered battlefields in Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East, becoming one of history’s great war photographers. In recent years, in addition to his landscape work in Britain and India, he has focused primarily on the African continent, documenting the AIDS crisis in South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, producing a book on the “lost tribes” of Ethiopia, Don McCullin in Africa (Jonathan Cape 2005), and photographing refugees from the genocide in Darfur in 2007.

Commenting on the photograph that was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year in 1964 he has stated:

"I went to this one village early in the morning and they were finding bodies of these men who'd been killed. Then they were coming back to the village and telling the women their husbands had been killed. Then you saw these Goya-esque poses of people looking up to Christ. I've noticed that a lot in war, that when people are in deep grief they look up, as if they can see God himself, offering them some help."  
– Don McCullin



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