Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery

Permanent | Level 1

“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.

Newseum App

Newseum App

Dive deeper into some of the Pulitzer Prize’s memorable photographs using the Newseum’s free app, featuring interviews with the photographers and milestone moments.

Available for download from:

Photo Gallery

Now playing in the gallery’s theater:

“A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs”
Running time: 20 minutes

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


Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery.