Freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak has won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, for his documentation of the peremptory execution of drug suspects in the Philippines by the Duterte government and associated vigilantes.
If you are someone capable of feeling the content of photographs, these pitiful scenes of violent murder and its aftermath will not be easy to look at. But thanks to photographers such as Daniel Berehulak, such scenes can become immediate for us in our comfortable armchairs, amplifying our understanding without submitting us to the heat, the shouts and screams and shooting, the press of danger, and the night rain. It would seem strange to apply superlatives to pictures of calamities like these. Congratulations to Daniel for an award well-deserved will have to suffice.
(Thanks to Speed)
P.S. There's an excellent interview with Daniel Berehulak by Jim Colton at PhotoJournal.
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Chris Y.: "God help us all...."
Walter Glover: "Please indulge me as I momentarily engage in a spot of uncharacteristic flag-waving as I applaud Daniel Berehulak as living proof that Australians are capable at far more than just sporting success. This is Daniel's second solo Pulitzer prize: his first was for covering the ebola outbreak in West Africa (2015). He was also a Pulitzer recipient 2011 in partnership with Paula Bronstein for portraying the floods in Pakistan. Born in Sydney to Ukrainian immigrants, he is now based in New Delhi."
Darlene: "I shared Daniel's work (and E. Jason Wambsgans') with my students yesterday. Daniel's pictures shocked the students, along with the reality that Daniel is a foreign news photographer covering gruesome human rights atrocities in a land governed by the authority that is responsible for the atrocities. When the slide show was over, I asked if being a photojournalist was a cool job after all; not a sound was heard for what seemed like an interruption in time."