Conrad Global Academy enjoys picture perfect event with nation’s best photographers


Students at the Conrad High School Global Academy, one of Dallas ISD’s seven new collegiate academies, enjoyed a picture perfect afternoon with some of the nation’s best photojournalists.

Five Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers and a photographer who won an International Women in Media award met with students to provide insights and stories from their incredible careers. The photographers were in town as part of a special 2016 Pulitzer Centennial Event: “Illusion and Disiullusion: A Panel conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers on violence and war.” The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and 29 Pieces hosted the photographers.

Karen Isbell, an English teacher at Conrad and newly elected board chairman of 29 Pieces, helped arrange for the photographers to visit the school.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to learn from and ask questions to some of the very best in the photography field,” Isbell said. “The students were blown away and inspired by the visit.”

The photographers who visited Conrad High School were:

  • David Hume Kennerly, 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, for images of the wars in Vietnam and Cambodia, the Ali v. Frazier World Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden and refugees escaping from East Pakistan into India. Two years later Kennerly was appointed President Gerald R. Ford’s Chief White House Photographer;
  • Nick Ut, 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, for “The Terror of War”, depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing;
  • Carol Guzy, has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement;
  • David Leeson, 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, for his coverage of the Iraq war;
  • Bob Jackson, 1964, Pulitzer Prize for Photography, for his photograph of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby;
  • Heidi Levine, won the International Women’s Media Foundation inaugural Anja Niedringhaus (Pulitzer Prize winner killed in action) courage in photojournalism award for her work in Gaza.

As a fun fact, Kennerly, one of those photographers, captured this photo of Michelle Obama hugging former President George W. Bush that went viral several days after the Conrad event.

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