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Pulitzer Prize winner shares experience as war photographer

Pulitzer Prize winner shares experience as war photographer

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) An American Pulitzer Prize winner shared her experience as a war photographer at a talk in Taipei on Sunday and stressed that making people care was an important part of her job. Carolyn Cole, a photo journalist with the Los Angeles Times who won a Pulitzer in the feature photo category in 2004 for a picture taken in Liberia, discussed her work covering conflict throughout the world in a nearly 30-minute talk. Cole showed photos she took while in Liberia in 2003 to cover that country's civil war and other pictures she shot in Afghanistan after the United States launched a war there in reprisal for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. She has also covered many political uprisings in Haiti and the aftermath of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March 2011, she said to an audience of some 200 people. Explaining her dedication to her profession, Cole said it was important not only to "inform people about what's going on" but also to "make people care." For example, she said, she wanted people to care about a child slave in Haiti through a photo of him taking a bath after working all day in the streets of Port-au-Prince. "It's my job to be the eyes for those who cannot be there to witness what's happening and to try to reach those in power who may be able to help," she said. Another example she gave on Jan. 17 was her Pulitzer Prize-winning photo featuring a little girl hiding from rebel forces in Liberia, which was taken at a time when the United States was thinking about sending troops to Liberia. "So my purpose was to show the American public what was happening in Liberia and for them to be able to determine whether we should send troops there," Cole said. In addition to conflict stories, the senior photographer covered the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, which triggered one of the worst ecological disasters in U.S. history. Presenting photos of turtles and birds affected by the oil spill, she said it was important to show things "officials don't want the public to see." In Taiwan for the first time, Cole also attended a news conference on Jan. 17 to promote a photo exhibition in Taipei featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs of the past 70 years, and hosted a workshop for Taiwanese photographers on Friday and Saturday. The exhibition is being held at Huashan 1914 Creative Park until April 17 and will be presented at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts from April 24 to July 7. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:22 GMT+08:00