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downtown in decemberVisitors to Oklahoma City have the chance to view the world’s most iconic images such as the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and the 9/11 terrorist attacks during Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs exhibition at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit is the most comprehensive collection of 138 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, and will be on display through March 30, 2008.

The exhibit includes many photos from historic moments that are instantly recognizable, especially war-related photos from around the world. The photos include Joe Rosenthal's World War II photograph of the raising of the flag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945 and many haunting images from the Vietnam War.

The exhibit also includes photographs of Olympic events and moments of joy, youth, and inhuman world conditions. Robert H. Jackson's 1964 photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald is one indelible image from the exhibit. Another is a family's joy in greeting a father returning from a prisoner of war camp in 1974.

Two of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs were taken in Oklahoma. The 1952 winner depicts racial tension played out on the football field at an Oklahoma A&M game in 1951, and the other is the well-known image by Charles Porter of a fireman holding Baylee Almon after the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995.

The Pulitzer Prize for photography is given to distinguished photography “in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or album.” The exhibit features every Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph since 1942, the first year the prize was awarded. The photography prize is given in two categories each year – spot/breaking news and feature.

The “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs” catalogue is available in the IPHF Gift Shop. The catalogue features high quality reproductions of each photograph in the exhibition, firsthand accounts, biographies of the Pulitzer Prize winners and interviews with many of the surviving winners.

Admission for the exhibit is $7.00 for adults (13 and over) and free to children (12 and under). The gallery admission is in addition to the Science Museum Oklahoma admission of $9.25 for adults, $8.25 for children and seniors.

The IPHF is located inside Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 to 5; Saturday, 9 to 6; and Sunday, 11 to 6. For more information, call 405-424-4055 or visit

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