Pulitzer Prize Photography: The Elian Gonzalez Affair

Elian Gonzalez

Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez and Donato Dalrymple, one of the two men who rescued the boy from the sea, in a bedroom closet as federal agents enter the Little Havana home of Elian’s relatives. (Alan Diaz/The Associated Press)

The latest episode of the Newseum Podcast’s Pulitzer Prize Photos series features an interview with Associated Press photographer Alan Diaz, who captured this award-winning image of one of the biggest news stories of 2000. After a five-month, international custody war between young Elian Gonzalez’s family in Miami and his father in Cuba, federal agents stormed the house and took the child. Diaz’s photo became a visual touchstone for the story and won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

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