Inside Media: Celebrate FotoWeek DC

November 22, 2008

Photographers who capture the essence of raw human emotion win the Pulitzer. Five who won Pulitzers for their work at The Washington Post discussed the rewards and challenges of the job.

Michel duCille, winner of two Pulitzers, said each win was a humbling experience. His 1988 photo essay about a crack cocaine problem in a Miami housing project also led to a government investigation.

Carol Guzy, a three-time winner, agreed with duCille.

"The Pulitzer is the highest honor our profession can give. To have your photos deemed worthy means, hopefully, that they’ve touched people in some way," she said.  

Capturing the most compelling image is tough. Lucian Perkins, who shared a Pulitzer with colleagues Michael Williamson and Guzy for their coverage of the war in the Balkans, said "you’re always looking to see where something might happen or predict where the light will be."

Matthew Lewis, who won the coveted prize in 1975, added that photographers have to persist at all costs, while Williamson commented on the emotional aspect of the job.

"The photos become a part of you," he said.

The photographers appeared at the Newseum at the conclusion of FotoWeek DC, a weeklong celebration of photography in the nation’s capital.

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