She Photographs Crises So Victims Aren’t Forgotten

In Puerto Rico, Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Carol Guzy found people rising above the hurricane’s destruction with generosity and grace.

Carol Guzy, 62, has won four Pulitzer Prizes for photography—more than any other photojournalist. Among her peers she’s known as much for her big heart as for the images she makes in places as different as Iraq, Haiti, and New Orleans. We sent Guzy to cover Puerto Rico (above) after Hurricane Maria. I talked with her about that experience and storytelling.

Susan Goldberg: I learned as a young reporter writing obituaries that everyone has a story…
Carol Guzy: Yes! Everyone has a story, and it’s almost cathartic for people to tell it. But it’s their story—not my story—and it’s amazing to me that people have the courage to open up their lives to the camera.

In nearly 40 years as a photographer, what changes have you seen?
Now there’s such mistrust of the media. It makes it more important than ever that what we portray is as accurate as we, as subjective beings, can make it.

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