As a photojournalist, Carol Guzy has documented an incredible amount of turmoil, upheaval and human suffering in her long
As a photojournalist, Carol Guzy has documented an incredible amount of turmoil, upheaval and human suffering in her long career—first for the Miami Herald in the early 1980s, and then, beginning in 1988, at The Washington Post, where she was a staff photographer for almost three decades.Along the way, Ms. Guzy racked up some very impressive accolades, chief among them four Pulitzer Prizes for photography. She is one of just four people and the only journalist to have won that many.
After an election widely condemned as fraudulent, Kenya – a country long known as a beacon of peace and prosperity in a region of war and lawlessness – witnessed a previously unseen level of tribal bloodshed in which over 1,000 people were killed. After several intense days of widespread clashes, revenge killings and mayhem, nearly 1 million Kenyans were forced to flee to their ancestral homelands or to camps for the displaced.
At the periphery of my vision I was aware of a scuffle and went to investigate. An unusual scene presented itself that demanded to be photographed, a middle aged man sitting on the pavement looking up to the police and obviously verbalising his disdain. The police ignored him as two demonstrators attempted to help him to his feet. I took one photograph and moved on. I took another one of the Territorial Support Group to the right of this incident to get a full picture of the scene. In amongst them was a police officer who had hidden his facial identity skulking in the back. I thought nothing of it.