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Carol Guzy Carol Guzy

As a young girl, Carol Guzy always wanted to be an artist. But as she was coming of age in a working-class family in Bethlehem, Pa., such an ambition seemed impossible. "Everyone I knew said, 'Oh, if you're an artist, you'll starve,'" she recalls. "You have to do something really practical.'" So Guzy chose to go to nursing school. Halfway through she realized she would not, could not, be a nurse. "I was scared to death I was going to kill someone by making some stupid mistake," she laughs. So while she was trying to figure out what to do with her life, a friend gave her a camera and she took a photography course. Her fascination with photography led to an internship and then a job at the Miami Herald. In 1988 she moved to The Post. Her photographs have won three Pulitzer Prizes and three Photographer of the Year awards in the National Press Photographers' annual contest.



Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.

The photo is part of The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) about the plight of Kosovo refugees.

The Post and the Pulitzer
 



1999 Pulitzer
More Work by Carol Guzy
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In The Company of Heroes

Carol Guzy: Bearing Witness 1989-1999

Cast Away

Smrekovnica Prisoners

Innocence Lost

God's Traffic Stopper

Lost in Plain Sight

A Dream Unrealized

Pictures of the Year, Second Place News Photographer, 1998

African Lives

Dogs That Heal

One Week of Joy

Making Eyes