Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pulitzer and World Press Photographs



Last week I posted some trivia and facts about Disney, finishing by saying that this week I would post some less pleasant Disney facts. In the light of the tragic event at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, I will leave that intended post for a future date.

Instead I will continue the Pulitzer and World Press Photos countdown. The photographs are not only interesting in themselves, they are also a look at some aspects of history and the past.

World Press Photo 1983:

The 1983 World Press Photograph of the Year was awarded to Robin Moir in respect of images from the 1982 Lebanon War. The caption for the winning photograph reads:

On 18 September 1982, Palestinian corpses lie in the street in the aftermath of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, when Phalangist Maronite Christian militias killed Palestinian refugees.

The photograph is too graphic for me to post.

Readers wishing to see it can click on the following link:

From Wikipedia: 
The Sabra and Shatila massacre was the killing of between 762 and 3,500 civilians, mostly Palestinians and Lebanese Shiites, by a militia close to the Kataeb Party, also called Phalange, a predominantly Christian Lebanese right-wing party in the Sabra neighborhood and the adjacent Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. From approximately 6:00 pm 16 September to 8:00 am 18 September 1982, a widespread massacre was carried out by the militia virtually under the eyes of their Israeli allies. The Phalanges, allies to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), were ordered by the IDF to clear out Sabra and Shatila from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) fighters, as part of the IDF maneuvering into West Beirut. The IDF received reports of some of the Phalanges atrocities in Sabra and Shatila but failed to stop them.

1983 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography (photography in the nature of breaking news)

The 1983 Pulitzer for Spot News Photography was awarded to Bill Foley, of Associated Press, for his series of pictures of victims and survivors of the massacre in the Sabra Camp in Beirut.

Bill Foley

Again, I am not posting the more graphic images. Those who wish to see the whole of the photographs that earned Bill Foley his Pulitzer can click on the following link:

Foley’s own words on entering the camp after the departure of the Christian militiamen who had been guarding its gates:
Nothing was moving. In a place where I had made many friends, and hundreds of photographs, it was many things, but never silent. Usually, kids were yelling and playing, women were talking, dogs were barking, cars horns were honking ... but, on this morning, all was quiet. I was surrounded by piles of what, at first glance, looked like garbage, but as my brain started to work, I realized it was piles of corpses. The smell of decay was everywhere, as many of those killed had been dead for over 24 hours, in the September heat.

1983 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography (human interest and matters associated with new items).

The 1983 Pulitzer for Feature Photography was awarded to James B. Dickman of the Dallas Times Herald "for his telling photographs of life and death in El Salvador."

James Dickman on right

One of Dickman's photographs that won him the Pulitzer:

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