Wind Up to a Pulitzer Photograph
Imagine you’re a news photographer hanging around City Hall covering a small demonstration when, without much warning, a race riot breaks out in front of you. You would start taking pictures, of course. Now imagine your camera’s motor drive malfunctions… This happened in Boston on a sunny April 5th in 1976, and the photographer was Stanley Forman, internationally known for his Pulitzer-prize winning photo Fire Escape Collapse.
On that fateful morning, he would take a photo (see below) that would garner him his second Pulitzer (and even inspire a book). But he almost didn’t take it.
Visit Digital Silver Imaging, where our friend Eric Luden will tell you the whole story and show, for the first time ever as far as I know, the reel of film leading up to that momentous photograph.
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