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Missouri photo exhibit showcases the work of Pulitzer Prize winning shutterbugs

on Monday,January 18,2010 23:01

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The Pulitzer Prize is the world''s most preeminent award for journalistic excellence in categories ranging from breaking news reporting, feature writing, investigative journalism and photography. Photo''s honored with the prize speak to a solemn moment in history and present an iconic view of the past, and a large collection of them are currently on display at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

The nearly 140 images date back as far as 1942, with photos encapsulating everything from the iconic flag raising in Iwo Jima to images of an American soldier gently sobbing as he reads a letter in Iraq.

"These classics of photojournalism capture defining moments of our times," Museum Curator Clay Bauske told Missourinet.com. "They bear stark witness to war and brutality. They honor heroism, compassion and the strivings of ordinary people for better lives. And behind each indelible image is a second, moving tale: the story of how each photographer made the picture that won the prize."

The exhibit will run through the rest of January before moving to a South Korean Museum the following week.

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