Collection of Pulitzer Prize photography evokes mix of emotions |

Collection of Pulitzer Prize photography evokes mix of emotions

Shawna Forsberg
The Durham Museum

The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs ever shown will open at The Durham Museum on April 9, 2011. Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs features 158 winning photographs, color and black and white, representative of instantly recognizable historic moments from around the world. Of the millions of photographs in newspapers each year, only two photography prizes are given – one for breaking news and the other for feature photography. Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs includes the winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, to present day. Iconic images such as Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 winning photograph of the American flag raising at Iwo Jima and Nat Fein’s photo of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium are some of the exhibition’s highlights.

The exhibition evokes a wide range of emotion for the visitor as the Washington Post writes, the images are “as difficult to look at as they are to look away from.” From triggering memory to pushing an emotional button, Capture the Moment exposes visitors to significant global events as well as very personal moments for the subjects.

Capture the Moment was created by Cyma Rubin, a New York television and Broadway producer, and the Newseum, located in Washington DC. “The pictures show the brutalities of our age, but also recorded tender and compassionate moments,” said Rubin. “Shown together in the exhibition the photographs make us think about the realities of world events. Anyone who views the exhibition will be changed by the experience.” Rubin also produced “Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs,” an Emmy and Telly award-winning documentary which is featured in the exhibition.

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs will be on display at The Durham Museum from April 9 through July 10, 2011. It is sponsored by the Douglas County Commissioners, Mary and John Wilson and the Omaha World-Herald. Additional support provided by Midtown Crossing. The exhibition was developed by the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, in association with Business of Entertainment, Inc., of New York, Cyma Rubin, curator/producer.

Some material in this exhibition may be too intense for young children. Parental discretion is advised. Admission is free for members and children age 2 and under; $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children 3-12. For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum’s website at or call (402) 444-5071.

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