Monday, April 17, 2006

Awesome photos, but no drama

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. The Washington Post won the most awards, with four, but the real focus was on the Katrina-related winners in the South. I was really captivated by the winning work in the feature photography category, taken by Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the flag-draped caskets that are returning from Iraq and the finished lives that they hold and the unfinished lives that they touch. There are some images that are really powerful, often made all the more so by the captions — an important reminder that an important aspect of photojournalism is the text that accompanies the art. I haven't read it all yet, but the story by Jim Sheeler that accompanied the photos also won a Pulitzer. I've linked to Daryl's story on the photo award winners below. Meanwhile, in the drama category, for whatever reason, none of the finalists, including Adam Rapp's Red Night Winter, was deemed good enough to actually win the prize; no award was given in the category this year — something I realized only after understanding that "No Award" was not the name of a play written last year.
Gulf Coast Newspapers Share Pulitzer [NYT]
Dallas Morning News Staff, Rocky Mountain News' Heisler Win Photo Pulitzers [PDN]
Feature Photography: Rocky Mountain News, Todd Heisler, 2006 [Pulitzer]

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