“For brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure are intertwined with devastation.” This is the explanation the Pulitzer Prize jury used when they decided to move Lorenzo Tugnoli‘s photos – published by The Washington Post – from the Breaking News Photography category, where they were originally entered, to the Feature Photography category and then award him with the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for this category.
The Italian photojournalist, represented by Contrasto, is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and extensively covered the Middle East, including living and working in Afghanistan. His work also has been published by several international magazines. In 2014, in collaboration with writer Francesca Recchia, he published “The Little Book of Kabul”, a portrait of Afghanistan’s capital through the daily life of artists in the city. Tugnoli, who was born and raised in Lugo, is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Arabic and currently resides in Beirut.
The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into the Trump wealth, while the Wall Street Journal was awarded one for covering the case concerning the money paid by the billionaire during the 2016 presidential elections to buy the silence of two women who claim to have had a relationship with him. Another award was given to the South Florida newspaper Sun Sentinel for the journalistic coverage of the massacre in Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.