Tagged: Pulitzer Prize

The Extraordinary Career of the Photojournalist Max Desfor

By Alan Taylor, The Atlantic
Suicide Jumper

A curious crowd of thousands of onlookers nervously watch John Ward, as he perched himself on a ledge on the 17th floor of the Gothan Hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York, threatening to jump, July 26, 1938. Several times spectators scurried backward as it appeared ward would leap from his precarious perch. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)

Max Desfor covered many of the most significant events and personalities of the 20th century while working for the Associated Press. Beginning in the 1930s, Desfor traveled the world, photographing daily life, unrest, celebrities, warfare, and more. Much of his reporting took place in Asia, where he documented events in the Pacific during World War II.

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Chicago ’73 – Forty Incredible Photographs by John H. White

By Rob Baker, Flashbak
South Side ghetto

Chicago ghetto on the South Side

In 1973, the photographer John H. White, who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism in 1982, was asked by the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project to photograph Chicago – especially the city’s African-American community. White would later say that he saw it as “an opportunity to capture a slice of life, to capture history.” White went on to be a photographer for the Chicago Sun Times in 1978 and continued there until 2013 when the newspaper laid off its entire photojournalism department.

In White’s own words these amazing photographs catch the “spirit, love, zeal, pride and hopes” of the African-American community of Chicago.


Black neighbors outside on Chicago’s West Side. They are part of the nearly 1.2 million people of their race who make up more than one third of Chicago’s population. June, 1973

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