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 ••