Pulitzer Prize for Photography … 1951

Pulitzer Prize for Photography … 1951

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“Flight of Refugees” 

Late 1950 saw the direct entry of China into the Korean War. North Korean forces along with huge numbers of Chinese reinforcements not only broke the United Nations advance but sent them reeling. American forces, who made up the most of the United Nations forces, started the longest retreat in U.S. military history. As UN forces retreated so to did Korean civilians, with thousands fleeing from the advancing communist forces. Near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang AP photographer Max Desfor took this picture on a freezing December day as Korean refugees struggled across the ruined bridge over the Taedong River. The image went on to win the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for photography.

Click here for the full story behind this iconic photograph.

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Max Desfor … now & then


9 responses to “Pulitzer Prize for Photography … 1951

  1. Hi, Happy Friday to you, sorry I did not personally let you know yesterday that I have nominated you for an Award on my blog, please pop over and take a look, 05.08.16, I am hoping you will accept this award, but please do not feel under any obligation, but it is really nice when we pay forward and recognise our fellow bloggers

  2. I thought this was a construction of a mining town bridge but quickly realized how more important this photograph is! Very moving.

  3. What an awesome photo! It looks, at first glance, phantasmagorical. But the truth is horrifying. Thank you for sharing this.

    • An amazing photograph. The water was apparently close to freezing so falling in meant probable death. Even the camera wasn’t working very well as it was so cold.
      Thanks for dropping by Barb. All the best.

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