Hal Buell: Defining Moments in Photographic History

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Monday, February 15, 2010
7:30 pm –
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Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

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There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of great photographs of historic events that occupy special places in our collective memory. Some of them are so familiar that they come to mind with the briefest description—“Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima”— while others are harder to describe, but are no less indelibly burned into our memories, such as Eddie Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer. In this presentation, Hal Buell will draw on his forty-year career in photojournalism to tell the stories behind these photos, many of which became “defining moments” and are entries in a kind of “History's Notebook.” Buell will tell how these pictures were made (often with video recollections by the photographer) and discuss world reaction to their publication. More often than not, the stories behind the photos are as compelling as the pictures themselves.

HAL BUELL, Photo Editor

Hal Buell is a veteran photo editor who worked on assignment in more than thirty-five countries, and headed the Associated Press Photo Service for twentyfive years, supervising an international staff of 300 photographers. His career spanned news photography from the days of flash bulbs to the use of digital cameras, and many of the pictures of the last half of the 20th century crossed his desk. Buell is the author of more than a dozen books on news photography, including Moments: Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs, and Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue, the story of the Iwo Jima flag raising. His latest book, The Kennedy Brothers, was published in 2009. He has appeared on American and global television networks, including CNN and the BBC, as a commentator on photography, produced film documentaries for History Channel, published numerous magazine articles, and lectured across the country.

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