Look at future from behind lens

2009-08-27T13:50:00Z Look at future from behind lens missoulian.com
August 27, 2009 1:50 pm

Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and assistant managing editor for photography at the Washington Post, will give the first installment of the 2009-10 President's Lecture Series at the University of Montana on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Du Cille will present "Modern Media: A Photojournalist's Vision for the Future" at 8 p.m. in the Montana Theatre, located in UM's Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. He will discuss the vast changes that are taking place in journalism and what their likely impact will be on our society.

Earlier that day from 3:40 to 5 p.m., du Cille will give a seminar titled "Storytelling through Photojournalism: From Life Magazine to Modern Multimedia" in Gallagher Business Building, Room 123.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are held in conjunction with the exhibition "Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs" - showing at the Paxson and Meloy galleries of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the Gallery of Visual Arts at UM through Friday, Oct. 23.

Du Cille shared his first Pulitzer in the spot news category with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy for their coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano. A second Pulitzer in the feature category was awarded for his 1987 photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project.

In April 2008, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with writers Anne Hull and Dana Priest of the Washington Post for exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Their work evoked a national outcry that led to reforms by federal officials.

Du Cille, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, began his career in photojournalism working for the Gainesville Times in Georgia while still in high school. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University School of Journalism and a master's in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

After working for a time at the Miami Herald, he joined the Washington Post in 1988 as picture editor and deputy assistant managing editor. In 2007, Du Cille was appointed the Post's assistant managing editor of photography - one of the top positions in the newsroom.

More information about the exhibition "Capture the Moment" is on MMAC's Web site at www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.

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