This week in class we went to the Newsuem in Washington D.C. I visited many exhibits such as the Berlin Wall, Pulitzer Prize, and News History. My favorite exhibits were the Pulitzer Prize and the Berlin Wall because both exhibits showed very rough times in people’s lives and captured the world all in one photo. The award winning pictures in the Pulitzer Prize exhibit made me feel very sad and it was depressing. The two photos below were the ones that caught my eye the most because they both had tragic stories that are capture in the photos.
This photo captures on one Americas worst days. On September 11,2001 two planes flew by terrorists crashed into the twin towers causing destruction and death to many people. The photographer, Steve Ludlum took this photo right after the first plane hit. This pictures makes me very sad and reminds everyone of this tragic day.
This picture captures one of the most awful natural disasters ever. When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, it brought death and destruction to many people. More than 1,800 people died and an entire city laid underwater. These people in the photo, taken by Smiley N. Pool, are begging for help, hoping someone will come to their rescue. This picture is depressing and it is sad to look at the people suffering and scared.
If I was a photographer, I’m not sure if I would be able to capture these awful events in a photo. However, I would probably take the photo in the end to help spread awareness, not to get famous. I would take the photos to help those struggling. I it defiantly hard for photographers to take photos of these events because sometimes they are just so bad that its disgusting and also you know that sometimes you can’t help the people, even though you want to. The reward is getting to spread awareness so people can help those in need.
Lastly, I went to the News History exhibit. This room capture lots of the worlds history. It is very cool to see how much we have changed over the years. My favorite artifact was the 1572 France religious War because it was very intriguing and interesting to read about it and learn about the past. Also, it was very sad to read about how many people died.