Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery

Permanent | Level 1

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Newseum will update its exclusive Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery with new photographs and new ways to experience the stories behind the images. The gallery will close on Aug. 1, 2016 and reopen to the public on Sept. 16, 2016.

New Artifact

John Singer Sargent portrait of Joseph Pulitzer

On Jan. 28, 2016, the Newseum will unveil a portrait of Joseph Pulitzer to mark the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes.

“If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture.” — Eddie Adams, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography

Photographers record the defining moments of our world and our time, capturing history through timeless images of fleeting moments. With the click of a button, vivid imagery documents the pain of poverty, the ecstasy of victory and the triumph of redemption.

This gallery — a visitor favorite — features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, including photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry since 1942, when the award was first presented. The gallery is updated each year when new winners are announced in April.

Interactive touch screens in the gallery display more than 1,000 images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with the prize-winning photographers.

Warning: Some material in this exhibit may be too intense for young children.

Image Gallery

Now playing in the gallery’s theater:

“A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs”
Running time: 19 minutes

Visit our Films page for a full list of our award-winning videos.

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