COLUMBUS — Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown, will open April 25 at The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.
This special exhibition will feature 150 award-winning images from 1942, when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established, through 2007.
Of the millions of photographs seen in newspapers each year, only two win the coveted Pulitzer Prize — one for spot or breaking news, and the other for feature photography. The award-winning images record the defining moments of our time captured by photojournalists doing their daily job — working on assignment close to home or around the globe.
Visitors to this exhibition will see one of the most extensive and dramatic photographic displays ever mounted at the museum. The images, 20 inches by 30 inches and 30 inches by 40 inches, will be arranged chronologically on large panels, filling the main exhibit gallery.
Each will be accompanied by a first-hand account of the events leading up to the photograph.
Some of the photographs have become icons of their time: the flag raising on Iwo Jima, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the joyful family reunion of a returning Vietnam POW, the World Trade Center attack.
Others record forgotten events of the last six decades.
While some images tell the stories of famous people, others portray the lives of ordinary citizens.
“The pictures show the brutalities of our age, but the Pulitzer photojournalists also recorded tender and compassionate moments,” said curator Cyma Rubin.
The exhibition catalog, Capturing the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, features the photographs in the exhibition along with accounts of each image. Other highlights include a history of the Pulitzer Prize and short biographies of the photographers who have won this prize.
To tie into the 1971 Pulitzer winner Kent State Massacre by photographer John Paul Filo and the upcoming anniversary of the event, the Ohio Historical Center will feature It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings. Visitors will learn about the build up and reaction to the Kent State shootings May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts.
In conjunction with the display, the center will host Reflections on Kent State, one of its
Community Conversations series, May 15. Visitors are welcome to experience both exhibitions from 6-7 p.m., and then gather for informal conversations with a panel.
Capture the Moment runs through July 25.
Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $7 for adults, $3 for students and free for Ohio Historical Society members and children 5 and under.
The Ohio Historical Center is located at Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus.
Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to Ohio Historical Society members.
For information on upcoming events, call 614-297-2300 or 800-686-6124.