Pulitzer Prize Photography: The Oklahoma City Bombing

1996 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography

A one-year-old victim of the Oklahoma City bombing is cradled by a local fireman. (Charles H. Porter IV)

The latest episode of the Newseum Podcast’s Pulitzer Prize Photos series features an interview with Charles Porter IV, who captured this heartbreaking scene from the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Porter was an aspiring journalist at the time, working in the loan department of a bank near the Murrah Building. When the blast shook the bank building, Porter grabbed his camera and ran to document the story. The explosion killed 168 people, including 1-year-old Baylee Almon, the child in Porter’s picture. Porter won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1996.

2 thoughts on “Pulitzer Prize Photography: The Oklahoma City Bombing

  1. Hello Mr Porter,
    I am seeking permission for use of the Oklahoma City Firefighter photo in a book I am in the midst of writing. When the 2013 Boston Marathon bombs went off that April, it brought me back to the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995. The 4:09 bomb blast time was also my first marathon time some years ago. At that time, my wife and I were in the midst of fertilization treatments several blocks away in Oklahoma City. Anyway, 19 children were killed in that bombing and we were never able to have our own children. My story is about that journey from 1995 to Boston and running in the 2014 marathon. I am a marathon runner and a retired Air Force veteran. This photo will be used as inspiring me to tell my story. Your support is greatly appreciated!

  2. Hello Doc:

    A Pulitzer, no less.

    I saw your work in Mary’s office the other day and commented on the “composition” of the photo on her wall. She mentioned that “Dr. Porter took that picture” – you should see his web site!

    As an Industrial Design and Architecture student I’ve got quite a few credits in photography and certainly can appreciate “art” when I see it. You, sir, are an artist!!We’ll have to chat about the “death of film” as a medium some time. Now, everybody with a cell phone fancies themselves as a photographer.

    Best to You,

    Bill Buck

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