Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery Reopens

“Babe Ruth Bows Out.”

“Babe Ruth Bows Out.” — 1949 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Photography (Nathaniel Fein/New York Herald Tribune/Nat Fein Estate)

On Sept. 16, the Newseum reopened its exclusive Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs ever assembled, after a month-long refresh. The gallery reopens to mark the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, with new photographs and new ways to experience the stories behind the images.

The renovated gallery features every Pulitzer Prize–winning entry since 1942, when the award for photography was first presented, along with an updated display of 40 large-scale photographs tracing the history of the award, plus a 3-D touchable image. The images added to the gallery document some of the most gripping stories of our time. They include:

  • The 2016 Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs, including Boston Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi’s photo of a boy struggling with abuse and poverty in New England and photos by New York Times and Reuters photographers documenting Europe’s refugee crisis.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen’s photo of protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 after the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
  • Daniel Berehulak’s photo documenting the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 for The New York Times.
  • New York Times photographer Josh Haner’s photo of Jeff Bauman, who was severely wounded in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Dallas Morning News photographer Smiley Pool’s photo documenting the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005.
  • Rocky Mountain News photographer Todd Heisler’s photo of a pregnant widow waiting to say her final goodbye to her husband, a U.S. Marine killed in the Iraq War in 2005.

The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery also features several historic cameras used to take Pulitzer–winning photos, as well as a display of Nikon cameras tracing the evolution of advances in photojournalism. A portrait of publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who founded the award, by renowned artist John Singer Sargent also hangs in the gallery.

Video and interactive components include a Newseum-produced documentary that highlights some of the award’s most memorable photographs, and five interactive touch-screen kiosks that allow visitors to explore more than 1,200 images and watch 15 hours of interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers. The Newseum has also launched a new app, available on both the Apple Store and Google Play, which allows visitors to point their devices at selected photos to watch interviews with the photographers and explore milestone moments in Pulitzer history.


Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of “The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery”

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