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The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment
An exhibit at the Minnesota History Center
Oct. 15, 2005 through Jan. 15, 2006

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Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, and $4 for children ages 6 to 17. Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Of the millions of photographs seen in newspapers each year, only two Pulitzer photography prizes are given – one for spot or breaking news, and the other for feature photography. “The Pulitzer Prize Photographs” includes all of the winning images starting in 1942 – the year of the first photography award – through the 2004 winners. Iconic images include Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 winning photograph of the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima, and the Rocky Mountain News’s staff spot news photographs of the Columbine tragedy.

“This exhibit is very timely,” said Nina Archabal, Minnesota Historical Society director. “It’s important to see how photos make us think about the realities of world events, whether they occur in our own community or thousands of miles away. The Pulitzer Prize-winning images do just that.”

The massive 20-by-30-inch and 30-by-40-inch prints of the winning photographs are organized chronologically in the gallery. Presented without frames or mattes, these large-format pictures will inspire reflection on past events for visitors of all ages. A smaller collection of national award-winning photographs from the Star Tribune’s collections – also displayed without frames or mattes – will be on view in an adjacent gallery.

The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment was developed by the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, located in Arlington, VA. in association with Business of Entertainment, Inc., Cyma Rubin, Curator.

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Minnesota Through Our Eyes: Photojournalism at the Star Tribune

Image from the Star Tribune exhibit, 'Minnesota Through Our Eyes: Photojournalism at the Star Tribune'Check out images from local award-winning photographers in an adjacent exhibit, Minnesota Through Our Eyes: Photojournalism at the Star Tribune.


The Book

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize PhotographsCapture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, a companion book to the exhibit, features the story behind each winning photograph, biographies of the prize-winning photographers and new interviews with many of the surviving photographers.

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Special Events

History Forum Lecture Series: “Crucible of a Nation: America in the 20th Century” begins on Oct. 22. Features lectures examining pivotal moments and events that shaped the United States. Subscription and individual tickets available.

Seniors in Mind: Nov. 8, 2005. Bob Jansen, assistant director of news research at the Star Tribune for 26 years, will illustrate the evolution of news photography in Minneapolis daily newspapers. He will also show memorable images from the Star Tribune archives.

Reel MN: War Photographer Nov. 6, 2005. For over 20 years, photographer James Nachtwey has been close enough to capture indelible images of war and conflict in places worldwide. In this award-winning documentary, colleagues and friends talk about Nachtwey's photos, reveal his relationship to his work, and the impact it has on his personal life.

Stans Lecture: War Photographs and American Memory Nov. 15, 2005 . Macalester College professor Michael Griffin will explore some of the most famous and often reproduced war photographs of the 20th century, those of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists, to discuss the impact of media images on our sense and memory of war and world events.

Reel MN: Kim's Story Dec. 4, 2005. There are many famous photographs of the Vietnam War, but one of those pictures became an international symbol of the horrors that war visits on children - Nick Ut's image of 9 year old Kim Phuc running naked down the road outside her village. This photograph won Ut a Pulitzer Prize and unwittingly transformed Kim Phuc into an icon of suffering. This documentary traces her life after the bombing.

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