Feb. 2, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 10

This photo by Carol Guzy - taken on assignment in Haiti - is just one of many that have made her a highly acclaimed photojournalist.

Pulitzer winner Guzy presents 'From Despair to Hope' Feb. 7

Carol Guzy didn't get to be a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer by just taking pretty pictures.

In her quarter-century career as a photojournalist, Guzy - who will be on campus next Tuesday to discuss her work - has captured the death of a man at the hands of a vigilante mob in Haiti, the aftermath of a Colombian mudslide and the horror of the Rwanda conflict.

But she has also taken photos showing the human capacity for hope, renewal, love and faith: Kosovar children helping one another to overcome the ravages of war; celebrations at the fall of the Berlin Wall; and a young man determined to leave behind the mean streets for a better life.

Guzy will present a lecture and slide show, "From Despair to Hope," on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in Cushing 001. The event is free and open to the public.

In the introduction to her Web essay, Tapestry of Life, Guzy wrote, "Photographers spend a lot of time looking for the right light. But the most important light we glimpse and attempt to capture is the radiance within every being."

A staff photographer for the Washington Post since 1988, Guzy started out with a nursing degree but - having taken a photography course while an undergraduate - then decided to change her career direction and enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she graduated with honors and an associate in applied science degree in Photography. From 1980-88 she worked as a staff photographer at the Miami Herald before joining the Post.

In addition to her Pulitzers, Guzy has been selected as "Photographer of the Year" eight times by the White House Press Photographers Association and three times by the National Press Photographers Association. She also has won the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Overseas Press Club Citation of Excellence and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. -Sean Smith

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