Photography 1950s-60s

 The 1958 Pulitizer Prize for photography went to William C. Beall a combat photographer during World War II who was working for the Washington Daily News.  The photo was taken at a parade on September 10, 1957. According to the Pulitzer citation: “While keeping his eye on the parade, Beall saw a small boy step into the street, attracted by a dancing Chinese lion. A tall young policeman stepped in front of the boy, cautioning him to step back from the busy street.”   Above, Beale holds the photo.

Lee-Harvey-Oswald-shotRobert Jackson won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for this photo of Jack Ruby killing  Lee Harvey Oswald, apparent assassin of  US President John F. Kennedy. Jackson was at Dallas police headquarters for the transfer of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald to the county jail on November 24, 1963, two days after the assassination.  Many of the events around the Kennedy assassination remain mysterious, including Ruby’s motivation for killing Oswald.

But the  news photos that kept winning Pulitzers in the 1960s and 70s showed the horror and devastation of the war in Vietnam. There was, for instance, Horst Faas’ 1964 photo of  a Vietnamese farmer holding the body of his son and saying to troops in a passing vehicle, Look what you have done.

Horst Faas, AP, 1964, Vietnam.








Then there was the famous 1968 photo by Eddie Adams of an execution on the streets of Saigon.

Eddie Adams, 1968, street execution, Saigon, Vietnam

June, 1972, Trang Bang, Vietnam, mistaken napalm attack on friendly village, AP Photo by Nick Ut.