Renée C. Byer’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Photography

by alphamonkey on April 20, 2007 · 5 comments

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Renée C. Byer won a Pulitzer for Feature Photography for her feature work on Cyndie Madsen and her son Derek, documenting his losing battle with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer.  I can’t remember the last time I saw a photo series as heartbreakingly beautiful and sad as these shots. 

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  • Gorlog

    So totally powerful.  I teach HS government and when we discuss “right to die” and issues surrounding the IXth Amendment this will be part of our discussion.  Thanks for posting.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Thank you for teaching civics. Is that still an elective type course in your HS, or required?

    Personally, I think government and civics classes should be mandatory curriculum from 7-12 grade.

  • Your Good Twin

    So totally agree.  I feel like Civics is on par with English as the most important courses we can put our children through.

    Looking at these pictures..  Makes me feel completely unworthy to share the Earth with people like Cyndie.

  • Gorlog

    Sorry about the delay in response.  For some reason my home computer will not let me log on.  Anyway….

    Government is a required course for all students to take in the state of Minnesota.  I have upped the ante in my classroom and now have a required service component.  Groups of students research a cause or area they are interested in impacting (Homelessness, AIDS, Water Pollution, Underprivileged youth in education, suicide etc.) They then have to make documentaries of them working with these organizations etc.  I’m trying to make the link between the philosophical roots of our government, how it runs to day and what people can do to make a difference.

    Believe me, I have used a number of the posts on this blog as teachable subject matter.  It also brings the classroom to life, so thank you.

  • BADD

    As a person who has experienced this, this lady deserves what she gets.  She has captured the reality of the most horrible situation ever to befall a parent or care giver of a child.

    Nothing, and I repeat nothing can compare to the loss of a child.  These pictures give you a glimpse of that pain/frustration/anger/sadness.

    Black and white really works too.  I rarely look back on what happened to my wife and I and see any color.

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