10. Kosovo Refugees (Carol Guzy)
Carol Guzy, the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for spot news
photography, received her most recent Pulitzer in 2000 for her touching
photographs of Kosovo refugees.
The above picture portrays Agim Shala, a two-year-old boy, who is passed
through a fence made with barbed wire to his family. Thousands of Kosovo
refugees were reunited and camped in Kukes, Albania.
9. War Underfoot (Carolyn Cole)
Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole took this
terrifying photo during her assignment in Liberia. It shows the devastating
effects of the Liberian Civil War.
Bullet casings cover entirely a street in Monrovia. The Liberian capital was
the worst affected region, because it was the scene of heavy fighting between
government soldiers and rebel forces.
8. Thailand Massacre (Neil Ulevich)
Neal Ulevich won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for a “series of photographs of
disorder and brutality in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand” (Pulitzer.com).
The Thammasat University Massacre took place on October 6, 1976. It was a
very violent attack on students who were demonstrating against Field Marshall
F. M. T. Kittikachorn was a dictator who was planning to come back to
Thailand. The return of the military dictator from exile provoked very violent
protests. Protestors and students were beaten, mutilated, shot, hung and burnt
7. After the Storm (Patrick Farrell)
Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell captured the harrowing images of
the victims of Haiti in 2008. Farrell documented the Haitian tragedy with
impressive black-and-white stills. The subject of “After the Storm” is a boy who
is trying to save a stroller after the tropical storm Hanna struck Haiti.
More photos of Patrick Farrell: A
People in Despair: Haiti’s year without mercy
6. The Power of One (Oded Balilty)
In 2006, Israeli authorities ordered the evacuation of illegal outposts, such
as Amona. Oded Balilty, an Israeli photographer for the Associated Press, was
present when the evacuation degenerated into violent and unprecedented clashes
between settlers and police officers. The picture shows a brave woman rebelling
Like many pictures on this list, “The Power of One” has been another subject
of major controversy. Ynet Nili is the 16-year-old Jewish settler from the above
picture. According to Ynet, “a picture like this one is a mark of disgrace for
the state of Israel and is nothing to be proud of. The picture looks like it
represents a work of art, but that isn’t what went on there. What happened in
Amona was totally different.” Nili claims the police beat her up very harshly.
“You see me in the photograph, one against many, but that is only an illusion –
behind the many stands one man – (Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert, but behind me
stand the Lord and the people of Israel.”
5. World Trade Center 9/11 (Steve Ludlum)
The power of Steve Ludlum’s photos are astounding, and the written
description only tends to dilute the impact. The consequences of the second
aircraft crashing into New York’s WTC were devastating: fireballs erupted and
smoke billowed from the skyscrapers anticipating the towers’ collapse and monstrous dust clouds.
4. After the Tsunami (Arko Datta)
One of the most representative and striking photos of the aftermath of the
Indian Ocean tsunami was taken by Reuters photographer Arko Datta in Tamil
Nadu. He won the World Press Photo competition of 2004. Kathy Ryan, jury member
and picture editor of The New York Times Magazine, characterized Datta’s image
as a “graphic, historical and starkly emotional picture.”
“After the Tsunami” illustrates an Indian woman lying on the sand with her
arms outstretched, mourning a dead family member. Her relative was killed by one
of the deadliest natural disasters that we have ever seen: the Indian Ocean
3. Bhopal Gas Tragedy 1984 (Pablo Bartholomew)
Pablo Bartholomew is an acclaimed Indian photojournalist who captured the
Bhopal Gas Tragedy into his lens. Twenty-six years have passed since India’s
worst industrial catastrophe injured 558,125 people and killed as many as
15,000. Because safety standards and maintenance procedures had been ignored at
the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, a leak of
methyl isocyanate gas and other chemicals triggered a massive environmental
and human disaster. Photographer Pablo Bartholomew rushed to document the
catastrophe. He came across a man who was burying a child. This scene was
photographed by both Pablo Bartholomew and Raghu Rai, another renowned Indian
photojournalist. “This expression was so moving and so powerful to tell the whole story of the tragedy”,
said Raghu Rai.
2. Operation Lion Heart (Deanne Fitzmaurice)
Pulitzer Prize award winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice won the highly respected
award in 2005 for the photographic essay “Operation Lion Heart.”
“Operation Lion Heart” is the story of a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was
severely injured by an explosion during one of the most violent conflicts of
modern history – the Iraq War. The boy was brought to a hospital in Oakland, CA
where he had to undergo dozens of life-and-death surgeries. His courage and
unwillingness to die gave him the nickname: Saleh Khalaf, “Lion Heart”.
Deanne Fitzmaurice’s shocking photographs ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in
a five-part series written by Meredith May.
1. Tragedy of Omayra Sanchez (Frank Fourier)
Frank Fournier captured the tragic image of Omayra Sanchez trapped in mud and
collapsed buildings. The eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia 1985 triggered a massive mudslide. It
devastated towns and killed 25,000 people.
After 3 days of struggling, Omayra died due to hypothermia and gangrene. Her
tragic death accentuated the failure of officials to respond quickly and save
the victims of Colombia’s worst ever natural disaster. Frank Fournier took this
photo shortly before Omayra died. Her agonizing death was followed live on TV by
hundreds of millions of people around the world and started a major controversy.
May her soul rest in peace…
by Timeea Vinerean