Lucian Perkins

Lucian Perkins is an American photojournalist, who is best known for covering a number of conflicts with profound compassion for his photograph's subjects, including the war in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. It has been said that Perkins has a developed style that not only portrays the hopes and weaknesses of the people in his photographs but in an unconventional manner.[1] Perkins currently works at The Washington Post, where he has worked for the past 30 years and resides in Washington, D.C.

Lucian Perkins
Lucian Perkins discussing his work at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas
Lucian Perkins at the LBJ Presidential Library - 2013
AwardsPulitzer Prize

Student life

Lucian Perkins first began experimenting with photojournalism during his time at the University of Texas.[2] In 1976, Perkins graduated with a degree in biology, only to go back to school to earn his teaching degree. It was when he returned, that Perkins discovered a new career interest. After attending a UT exposition workshop on photography, Perkins began exploring photojournalism. He worked for both the Cactus yearbook as well as the student newspaper, The Daily Texan. There he studied photography with the well acclaimed Garry Winogrand. Perkins has additionally acknowledged the UT photojournalism class that he took during his time there, as a strong influence in directing him to photojournalism.

Career Life

In 1979, shortly after working for The Daily Texan, Perkins went on to an internship with The Washington Post where he was a staff photographer for 27 years.[3] Perkins was first initially given the job due to a series he shot in his free time on the first class of female "middies" at the Naval Academy. Once coming on to the paper, Perkins developed a passion for his job in covering extravagant international events. These include the Palestinian revolution, both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as wars in what was the former Yugoslavia. As well as international, Perkins has documented many local and national events all over the United States. Recently, Perkins has carried on and worked closely with the Post's online version of the paper. He has produced some of the website's first multimedia and interactive projects including the Siberia and Finland Diaries. Presently Perkins is working as both an independent photographer and videographer, concentrating on interactive media assignments and video documentaries as well as continuing documenting in photographic form.


The first recognized award Perkins received was the "Newspaper Photographer of the Year" by the National Press Photographers Association in 1994.[4] This was given for a portfolio that included photographic projects in Russia as well as several images from New York City fashion shows. A year later, in 1995, Perkins and fellow Post reporter Leon Dash were presented a Pulitzer Prize in the category Explanatory Journalism for their four-year investigation of the consequences of poverty, illiteracy, crime and drug abuse had on a three generation family living in the District of Columbia.[5] In 1996, Perkins won the World Press Photo of the year award for his well-known photograph of a young boy looking out a window on a bus full of refugees, leaving Chechnya, Russia.[6] In describing the image, The World Press Photo association said "The boy's expression mirrored all that Perkins had experienced and seen himself, and leaning out of his car, he attempted to steady his camera, focus and shoot. He says he knew this was a special image, mostly because of the symbolic meaning it had for him, but it was not an image he believed would win a contest." Five years later, Perkins once again shared a second Pulitzer Prize in 2000 in the category Feature Photography with fellow Post photographers Carol Guzy and Michael Williamson. They were awarded for their heartbreaking photos illustrating the plight of Kosovo refugees.

Other work

In 1995, Lucian Perkins co-founded InterFoto, an international photojournalism conference located in Moscow with free-lance photographer Bill Swersey. InterFoto was the biggest professional photography exposition in Russia, the Baltic States and CIS countries from 1994 to 2004. The conference explored the Russian photographic community, uniting local, regional and international societies of photographers, photography editors, curators, and industrial leaders to swap ideas, share and educate others on the art of professional photography. In 1996 Perkins and Leon Dash published a book illustrating their Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation titled Rosa Lee : A Mother and Her Family in Urban America.[7] In 1998, Perkins published his next book Runaway Madness,[8] and had it exhibited nationally. The book has over 100 images of a behind-the-scenes story of a popular New York fashion event. Perkins photographed models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Shalom Harlow, Christy Turlington and more behind the curtain. Perkins also photographed fashion journalists, fashion editors and buyers as well as the audience. Later, Perkins curated the book and founded the exhibit, Chronicles of Change,[9] which held many Russian photography. Perkins first went to Russia in 1988 to cover a summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev but ended up spending over a month in the country. Later he went back in 1993 and spent much time with a number of Russian photographers during his six-month visit, which led him to Chronicles of Change.

Displayed and Exhibited Work

Perkins has had work displayed in museums both in and outside the United States. Internationally, these places would include: World Press Museum in Amsterdam, The ART in Embassies Program in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Havana, Cuba, Tokyo, Japan and Ankara, Turkey. In the United States, Perkins has work displayed in The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Newseum in Washington DC, San Francisco and New York City. He also has exhibits in The American Textile History Museum in Lowell Massachusetts, The Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida and The Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "The University of Texas at Austin". The University of Texas at Austin.
  3. ^ " Lucian Perkins".
  4. ^ "National Press Photographers Association - NPPA".
  5. ^ "Lucien Perkins: 1995 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism". College of Communication. The University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original on 2010-01-11.
  6. ^ "1996 Lucian Perkins WY". World Press Photo. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  7. ^ Dash, Leon (1996). Rosa Lee. ISBN 978-0-465-07092-3.
  8. ^ Givhan, Robin (September 1998). Runway Madness. ISBN 978-0-8118-2173-5.
  9. ^ Perkins, Lucian (1996). Russia: Chronicles of Change. Daytona Beach, Florida: Southeast Museum of Photography. ISBN 978-1-887040-19-8. OCLC 36924419. OL 12179549M.

External links

Media related to Lucian Perkins at Wikimedia Commons

1995 Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes for 1995 were announced on April 18, 1995.

2000 Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes for 2000 were announced on April 10, 2000.

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy (born March 7, 1956) is an American news photographer for The Washington Post. She has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement.

Edward Opp

Edward Oppenheimer (born June 4, 1957, Wichita Falls, Texas) is an award-winning photojournalist based in Moscow, Russia. He currently works as Director of Photography for the Russian media group Kommersant in Moscow.


InterFoto was the largest festival of professional photography in Russia, the Baltic States and CIS countries from 1994 to 2004. It was founded by two American photojournalists, Washington Post photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Lucian Perkins and freelancer Bill Swersey, bringing together local, regional and international communities of photographers, photo editors, curators, and industry leaders to exchange ideas, inspire, educate, and provide career opportunities.

InterFoto, a Russian-American non-profit organization, was designed to foster the development and international exposure of Russian photography through the production of an annual InterFoto International festival for professional photographers in Moscow and the annual all-Russian contest Press Photo Russia.

The festival brought international photographers to Moscow to present their work and review local photographers' portfolios. Among those who participated: Josef Koudelka, Anthony Suau, Douglas Kirkland, Antonin Kratochvil, Mikhail Evstafiev, Lauren Greenfield, Donna Ferrato, Martin Parr, Michael "Nick" Nichols, Steve McCurry, Larry Towell, Pedro Meyer, Gerd Ludwig, William Klein, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Micha Bar-Am, Letizia Bettaglia, Burt Glinn.

In addition to bringing foreign photographers to Russia to share the work and meet their Russian colleagues, the InterFoto festival served as a place for Russian photographers to meet international and local photo editors. Among the Russian and CIS photographers 'discovered' by Western editors at InterFoto festivals: Vladimir Syomin, Ljalja Kuznetsova, Igor Mukhin, Vladimir Velengurin, Andrey Chezhin, Vadim Gippenreiter.

Over the 10 years that the festival was held, InterFoto received funding from Canon as well as support from Nikon, Kodak, Fujifilm, Polaroid and other companies. The organization also received grants from the Soros Foundation, British Council and assistance from local organizations and media companies.

List of American photojournalists

This is a list of notable American photojournalists. For photojournalists of other nationalities, see list of photojournalists.

List of photojournalists

This is a list of photojournalists.

Michael Williamson (photographer)

Michael Williamson (born 1957) is an American photojournalist. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes.

Of the books he has made with writer Dale Maharidge while both men were on the staff of the Sacramento Bee, And Their Children After Them won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1990 and Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass was credited by singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen as an inspiration for two songs from his album The Ghost of Tom Joad, "Youngstown" and "The New Timer".In 1993, Williamson became a staff photographer for The Washington Post. Photos he took on assignment in Kosovo, along with the work of Post colleagues Carol Guzy and Lucian Perkins, led to Williamson's share of another Pulitzer in 2000. That same year, he was named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer's Association.Orphaned at an early age, Williamson grew up in a series of foster homes, a circumstance to which he attributes his interest in the poor and the downtrodden.

Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

The Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting has been presented since 1998, for a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation. From 1985 to 1997, it was known as the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the new category in November 1984, citing a series of explanatory articles that seven months earlier had won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. The series, "Making It Fly" by Peter Rinearson of The Seattle Times, was a 29,000-word account of the development of the Boeing 757 jetliner. It had been entered in the National Reporting category, but judges moved it to Feature Writing to award it a prize. In the aftermath, the Pulitzer Prize Board said it was creating the new category in part because of the ambiguity about where explanatory accounts such as "Making It Fly" should be recognized. The Pulitzer Committee issues an official citation explaining the reasons for the award.

Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

The Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography is one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. It recognizes a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album.

The Feature Photography prize was inaugurated in 1968 when the single Pulitzer Prize for Photography was replaced by the Feature prize and "Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography", renamed for "Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography" in 2000.

World Press Photo of the Year

The vote for Press Photo of the Year is taken during the World Press Photo Awards, hosted by the Dutch foundation World Press Photo. The creator of the winning entry receives €10,000 along with "the most prestigious and coveted award in photojournalism."Besides Press Photo of the Year, the 20-member jury awards three more prizes in eight categories (general news, spot news, sports, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, nature and long-term projects), whereby both individual images and photo series are recognised for excellence.The main prize is given to the image that "... is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity."

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.