Sunday, August 8, 2010

Pulitzer Prize Photographs

This afternoon, Mia 덕분에, Oliver, Young-In, she and I headed to a photo exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center (예술의 전당), an arts complex in southern Seoul. This summer, the museum is displaying a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs titled "Capture the Moment." The traveling exhibition, curated by Cyma Rubin of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has grown throughout the years and is in Seoul again for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

The photographs begins in 1942, when the prize was awarded, and takes viewers through a moving journey through the decades and around the world from labor riots ("Ford Strikers Riot", Milton Brooks 1942 award) to the Vietnam War ("The Terror of War", Nick Ut 1973) to Kosovo ("Kosovo's Sorrow", Carol Guzy 2000) to September 11 ("U.S. Attacked", Steve Ludlum 2002).

A favorite of mine is "Endurance" (James Hill), the 2002 Feature Photography winner. The beautifully haunting picture is part of a New York Times staff series "chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

Another iconic photograph on display is the iconic "Faith and Confidence" (William Beall), which won the Pulitzer in 1958 for its depiction of a moment of childhood innocence frozen in time. The photo is of a police officer patiently persuading an inquisitive two-year-old to step out of the chaos of a street parade.

(Photo credit: Sangmi)

"Capture the Moment" is on display at the Hangaram Design Museum of the Seoul Arts Center through August 29. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone in Seoul. (N.B. The line was very long on Sunday afternoon; if possible, try to make it in the morning and/or on a weekday.)

"If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that's a good picture."
- Eddie Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist