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"The Eyes of History: The US' Most Distinguished Photojournalists"
2002-05-29 until 2002-07-29
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington, DC, USA

The Eyes of History, on view from May 29-July 29 and in its second year at the Corcoran, showcases the work of the nation's most distinguished photojournalists. From Ground Zero, to the Pentagon, the War in Afghanistan, Anthrax, Gary Condit, Barry Bonds, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michael Jordan, these images capture raw emotions of rage and despair, hope and renewal experienced in 2001, an unforgettable year.

The photographs were selected from the White House News Photographers' Association annual contest, Eyes of History, which names a photographer of the year and recognizes the work of leading still and video photojournalists.

"These photographs are incredibly powerful. They tell stories for people and events that have made an lasting impression on the world," says Corcoran President and Director, David C. Levy. "The Corcoran is honored to exhibit these memorials to history. Every American should see this exhibition because they provide a deeper context of last year's events and show the ultimate will of Americans to persevere and succeed."

Susan Walsh, president of WHNPA agrees: "The images created by our members, are an amazing visual record of the past year. We have seen many changes in photojournalism during the 81 years of the WHNPA. However, this year, given the events of September 11, we are reminded that photojournalists, though their images, help a nation to share its grief and its glory," says Walsh.

This year in the stills category, 112 awards were presented, including "Photographer of the Year," awarded to Stephen Crowley of the New York Times for his dramatic and diverse portfolio that includes a pictorial essay on the people of Afghanistan and the day in the life of President Bush. "Political Photo of the Year," awarded to Doug Mills of the Associated Press for his photo of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informing President Bush of the attack on the World Trade Center. Mills was the one photographer who traveled with President Bush for the entire day on September 11, 2001.

Other prize-winning photojournalists whose work will be on display in 2002 Eyes of History include: Kenneth Lambert of AP; Susanna Raab of The New York Times; Chuck Kennedy of Knight Ridder/Tribune; Kevin Lamarque of Reuters; John McDonnell, Joel Richardson, Michael Robinson-Chavez, Rich Lipski, Ray Lustig, Michael Luzky, Lucian Perkins, Michael Williamson and Andrea Bruce Woodall of The Washington Post; Maya Alleruzzo, Mary Calvert, Ross Franklin and Gerald Herbert of The Washington Times; Karen Ballard and Charlie Archambault of U.S. News and World Report; Luke Frazza of Agence France Press; Robert Trippett of SIPA; Mario Tama of Getty Images; Pete Souza of The Chicago Tribune; David Hume Kennerly of Newsweek; and, Yunghi Kim of Contact Press for Fortune.

ABOUT THE WHNPA/CORCORAN COLLABORATION

Corcoran College of Art + Design and White House News Photographers' Association entered into a collaborative partnership in February 2001. The College launched a four-year BFA degree program in photojournalism that graduates its first class of students in 2004. Photojournalists and practitioners affiliated with the WHNPA serve as faculty for the program. The BFA program provides students with unprecedented access to the many powerful newsmaking venues in the capital, offering them a rare opportunity to learn how to use their skills creatively and expressively in one of the most competitive professional environments in the world.

IMAGE:
RICH LIPSKI
The Washington Post
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