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Shots of history

  • Picture perfect: The National Constitution Center is presenting more than 150 photos with its Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, on display until Dec. 31. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Picture perfect: The National Constitution Center is presenting more than 150 photos with its Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, on display until Dec. 31. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Picture perfect: The National Constitution Center is presenting more than 150 photos with its Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, on display until Dec. 31. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

A col­lec­tion of Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­to­graphs are on dis­play at the Na­tion­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter un­til Dec. 31.

These pho­tos in­clude de­pic­tions of Mar­ines rais­ing Old Glory on Iwo Jima; the joy­ful re­union of a re­turn­ing pris­on­er of war and his fam­ily; a fire­fight­er cradling an in­jured in­fant after the Ok­lahoma City bomb­ing; and the on­go­ing con­flict and dev­ast­at­ing per­son­al toll in Syr­ia.

The Na­tion­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter is present­ing more than 150 pho­tos with its Cap­ture the Mo­ment: The Pulitzer Prize Pho­to­graphs, the most com­pre­hens­ive ex­hib­i­tion of Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­to­graphs ever as­sembled.

Cap­ture the Mo­ment: The Pulitzer Prize Pho­to­graphs was de­veloped by the New­seum in as­so­ci­ation with Busi­ness of En­ter­tain­ment Inc. pres­id­ent Cyma Ru­bin, the cur­at­or.

The ex­hib­i­tion is up­dated an­nu­ally and in­cludes every win­ner since the Pulitzer board began award­ing the pho­to­graphy prize in 1942.

“The pho­tos in this ex­hib­i­tion are hero­ic, thought-pro­vok­ing and up­lift­ing. Vis­it­ors cer­tainly will re­cog­nize many of the pho­to­graphs from the cov­ers of magazines, news­pa­pers, or text­books. But by shar­ing the stor­ies be­hind the lens along­side the pho­tos, we feel they will come away with a new per­spect­ive on even the most icon­ic im­ages of his­tory,” said Na­tion­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter Pres­id­ent and CEO Jef­frey Rosen.

Vis­it­ors also can view a 19-minute video titled A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Pho­to­graphs. Cre­ated by the New­seum, this ori­gin­al doc­u­ment­ary fea­tures in­ter­views with more than a dozen Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­to­journ­al­ists re­veal­ing, in their own words, the stor­ies be­hind some of the most fam­ous news pho­to­graphs of all time. The video of­fers vis­it­ors a com­pel­ling and per­son­al look at the com­bin­a­tion of ele­ments - pa­tience, tim­ing, plan­ning, per­sist­ence, skill and luck - that cre­ate Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­to­graphs.

“The pho­to­graph­er’s job is not to take sides, but to tell the truth for bet­ter or for worse,” Ru­bin said. “Of­ten, their work is a quest for justice. They can’t change the world, but if they do their job right, they of­fer the world a reas­on for change.”

Cap­ture the Mo­ment fea­tures sev­er­al con­nec­tions to the Phil­adelphia re­gion.

Phil­adelphia In­quirer pho­to­graph­er Tom Gral­ish was the re­cip­i­ent of the Pulitzer Prize for Fea­ture Pho­to­graphy in 1986 for his photo es­say on Phil­adelphia’s home­less.

Pho­to­journ­al­ist Larry C. Price won a Pulitzer while work­ing for The Phil­adelphia In­quirer in 1985. His fea­ture pho­to­graphs from An­gola and El Sal­vador de­pict the war-torn coun­tries’ in­hab­it­ants.

A series of pho­tos titled “Tragedy on Sanatoga Road” by Thomas J. Kelly for The Pott­stown Mer­cury re­ceived the Pulitzer for Break­ing News Pho­to­graphy in 1979.

Jac­queline Larma, As­so­ci­ated Press Re­gion­al Photo Ed­it­or/East, was part of the As­so­ci­ated Press pho­to­graphy team that won the award in 1995 for a series titled “Des­pair in Rwanda.”

To com­ple­ment the ex­hib­i­tion, the Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter has de­veloped a vari­ety of activ­it­ies and re­source ma­ter­i­als for stu­dents, teach­ers and vis­it­ors that ex­plore the role of pho­to­graphy in doc­u­ment­ing our his­tory and the pro­tec­tions provided to the me­dia by the U.S Con­sti­tu­tion.

Cap­ture the Mo­ment is in­cluded in the cost of gen­er­al mu­seum ad­mis­sion, which in­cludes The Story of We the People ex­hib­i­tion, the award-win­ning the­at­ric­al pro­duc­tion Free­dom Rising and Sign­ers’ Hall.

Gen­er­al mu­seum ad­mis­sion prices are $14.50, $13 for seni­or cit­izens and $8 for chil­dren ages 4-12. Act­ive mil­it­ary per­son­nel and chil­dren ages 3 and un­der are free. Group rates also are avail­able.

For tick­et in­form­a­tion, call 215-409-6700 or vis­it www.con­sti­tu­tion­cen­ter.org ••

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