Iranian photographer Jahangir Razmi to receive award for his iconic 1979 firing squad photo
New York, Dec. 7, 2006-The Pulitzer Prize Board announced today that it will amend its records and award the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography to Jahangir Razmi, an Iranian photographer.
A Pulitzer Board
committee, after its review of the Prager story and the photographic evidence
and its further investigation of the matter, concluded that Razmi was clearly
"When we made an anonymous award for the first time in our history, we had hoped that the name would emerge," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. "We are very pleased that, after 26 years, we can close the gap and honor a worthy recipient for an iconic image."
Razmi will receive a certificate of award and a cash prize of $10,000, which is the current value of the award.
When the photograph was first published in August of 1979 in an Iranian newspaper, the editor withheld Razmi's identity because he was concerned for the photographer's safety, the Wall Street Journal story reported.
The picture, with the photographer unnamed, was subsequently circulated by United Press International.
The 2007 Pulitzer Prizes will be announced on April 16. Columbia administers the prizes after their determination by the Pulitzer Board.
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