Archive for March, 2011
Moments and missives from our world
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The Times has a piece about the prolific and prodigiously talented Brian Lanker today, who died Sunday from Pancreatic Cancer.
Lanker’s 1989 book, “I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America,” is one of the best selling photography books in history, and is now in its 14th printing.
He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for “Moment of Life,” his photographic essay of Jacki Coburn’s birth in Topeka. Several of these images can be seen in the slideshow in the NYT piece.
From Don Winslow’s obituary:
“I found a great deal of joy in the two Pulitzer winners that year, because the News photo was Nick Ut’s from Vietnam [the "Napalm Girl" picture],” Lanker told the Newseum during a video interview. “To have this war photograph on one end of the spectrum winning the Pulitzer, and the horror of the life these children were experiencing, and then to have the joy of the moment of life, a child being born in the middle of America in Kansas, I think it was a wonderful contrast within one given year of the Pulitzers.”