Iconic Pulitzer Prize Photographs Exhibition Opening at the Frost Art Museum

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1945 Pulitzer Prize; Joe Rosenthal, Courtesy: The Associated Press

MIAMI, FL (February 2, 2014)- Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, opens at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, with a reception on February 12, 2014, from 6 – 9 pm. Included are the winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, all the way through the 2013 winners. Bearing witness to moments of jubilation, heroism, and compassion, as well as the harsh realities of war, racism, and poverty, the 164 images included carry human emotions across barriers of language, time, and place.

Capture the Moment features some of the most iconic photographs over the past seven decades: the poignant shot of an ailing Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at Yankee Stadium; the U.S. Marines raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II; 9/11 in New York City; and the aftermaths of hurricanes in New Orleans and in Haiti, to mention just a few. The exhibition illustrates the enduring power of the still image. This traveling exhibition comes to the Frost Art Museum following more than 13 years of display in venues around the world; close to 3 million people have seen the exhibition since its New York City opening in 2000.

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2009 Pulitzer Prize; Patrick Farrell, Courtesy: The Miami Herald

The February 12-April 20 run at FIU is presented by the School of Journalism & Mass Communications and the Frost Art Museum, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the exhibition was developed by Business of Entertainment, Inc. in New York City, Cyma Rubin, Curator, in association with the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “We owe these photographers more than we can say,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser at the Knight Foundation. “They go where we cannot go. They see what we do not see. They are our eyes; because of them, we can piece the images together and form a picture of the world.” Cyma Rubin goes on to observe that, “The Pulitzer photographers can’t take sides and they can’t change the world, but if they did their job right, they might offer the world reason to change.”

Immediately preceding the opening reception, Ms. Rubin will present a talk on the exhibition as part of the Frost’s Green Critics’ Lecture Series. The talk begins at 4 pm, and will be held at the Frost Art Museum. Cyma Rubin is a Tony- and Emmy-award winning producer, director, and writer, and is president of Business of Entertainment, Inc.

During the exhibition’s run at the Frost Art Museum, the FIU School of Journalism & Mass Communications will conduct two panel discussion programs associated with the exhibition:
• The Story Behind the Photo: A Conversation with Pulitzer-Winning Photographers, to be held on March 5, from 4-6 pm, at the Frost Art Museum.
• Photojournalism in the Digital World, a conversation with photojournalists, photo editors, and other experts about issues such as photo-manipulation, the threat to credibility, crowdsourcing, and ethics; to be held on April 16, from 4-6 pm at the Frost Art Museum.

The opening reception for Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs and the Rubin talk, both on February 12, and the subsequent panel programs, are all open to the public and free of charge.

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