Carol Guzy (photographer)



2015-06-26 11:21:55

Carol Guzy (1956 - ) is an American photographer.

Life and career

After realising that she was not cut out for her nursing degree, Guzy took a photography course, did an internship, and became a photographer at the Miami Herald. She moved to the Washington Post in 1988, and it is her work here for which she is best known and admired.

She won the Pulitzer Prize four times, for Spot News Photography twice, Feature Photography once, and Breaking News Photography once. No other photographer has won the award four times. She also won the National Press Photographers’ Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in 1990 – astonishingly making her the first woman to receive it – and again in 1993 and 1997.

Her work is hugely emotional, her best known and prize winning photographs taken at scenes of tragedy and destruction, natural disasters, civil unrest, famine, attacks and conflict.

Celebrated Photographs

  • Images of the aftermath of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, Columbia.
  • Images taken during the human rights violations in Haiti during 1994 and 1995.
  • Images of the plight of Kosovo Refugees
  • Images of the grief and desperation after the devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake in 2010
  • Animals suffering after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
  • Photographs of pregnant women in Sierra Leone and the dangers they suffer.

Did you know?

Guzy is not a very technical photographer. She claims not to pay much attention to what kind of camera she is using, or whether the settings are right. In her own words, ‘it’s really your eye, your heart, your mind that matter in the moment you take a photograph’..

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