Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Michael Williamson Shares Tips

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Williamson discussed his career as a photographer with Soul of the City participants on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at Richard Wright Public Charter School. Williamson, who has won a Pulitzer in the non-fiction category (1990) and two for feature photography (2000 and 2014), grew up in the foster care system and attributes his interest in documenting people in poverty and similar situations to his experiences growing up. SOTC students share what they learned from Williamson:
Rykia Amos, School Without Walls: It’s important to have an individual style but not to make everything look the same. It’s good to try new things while maintaining your individuality.
Tiara Gordon, Richard Wright PCS: A picture should tell a story or convey a message.
Isaiah Benjamin, Richard Wright PCS: When photographing minors, it’s important to show your credentials to the parents and get their permission. It’s better not to tell children that you’re taking their pictures because otherwise they might pose for the camera and the shot won’t be candid.
Kendall Parks, Richard Wright PCS: Try different angles. A shot can dramatically change when the angle is changed.