Images captured by a Montgomery County photographer more than three decades ago will be part of what's being called the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled.
Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, developed by the Newseum in association with Business of Entertainment Inc. and Cyma Rubin, curator, will open at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 11, organizers announced Wednesday.
The exhibition includes every winner since the Pulitzer board began awarding the photography prize in 1942.
"The photos in this exhibition are heroic, thought-provoking, and uplifting," said Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO, National Constitution Center. "Visitors certainly will recognize many of the photographs from the covers of magazines, newspapers, or text books, but by sharing the stories behind the lens alongside the photos, we feel they will come away with a new perspective on even the most iconic images of history."
The exhibit will include a series of photos titled, "Tragedy on Sanatoga Road," by Tom Kelly, who was awarded the Pulitzer for breaking news photography in 1979.
Kelly was a photographer for the Pottstown Mercury newspaper in May 1978 when he was assigned to cover a murder and hostage situation in East Coventry Twp., Chester Co. His pictures captured the drama as it unfolded before his camera lens.
The series of photos was also featured in a 1999 documentary, Moment of Impact, on cable TV.
Kelly now does freelance photography and video work for a number of newspapers and television stations, including 69-WFMZ-TV.
Other photographs in the exhibit include that of the U.S. Marines raising a U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, photographed by Joe Rosenthal; Jack Ruby’s killing of Lee Harvey Oswald following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, photographed by Robert H. Jackson; and a grieving Coretta Scott King consoling her daughter, photographed by Moneta Sleet Jr.
The exhibit will be open from Oct. 11 through Dec. 31, 2013,