Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer


Take every experience, every part of your history, and put it all together to do good for the world. Ultimately, the goal is to be a person of great human decency.

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Carol Guzy

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InterviewThe Interview
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Dealing With The Death Of Loved OnesWeb Exclusive
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How We Handle Grief In AmericaWeb Exclusive
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Challenges Faced As A Photojournalist And FreelancerWeb Exclusive
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Motivation For Being A PhotojournalistWeb Exclusive
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My Career PathInterview Excerpt
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Photography Is About Capturing MomentsInterview Excerpt
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Photography Has Enriched My LifeInterview Excerpt
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Starting Out In PhotojournalismInterview Excerpt
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The Goal Is To Be A Person Of Great Human DecencyInterview Excerpt

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born into a working-class family in Pennsylvania; she lost her father when she was a child and watched as her mother struggled to support her family.
She had always had a passion for art, but was convinced that she couldn’t make a practical career out of it.
Originally went to college to be a nurse; has an associate degree in nursing from Northampton Community College.
Her friend gave her an SLR camera so she decided to take a photography class at her community college—says, “The first time that I developed a print, that was the defining moment.”
She enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to study photography—says she discovered her niche after taking a class in journalism.
Has worked as a staff photographer for The Miami Herald and The Washington Post; she now works mainly as a freelancer.
She has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of only four people to do so, and the only journalist to have achieved that feat.
Says her nursing background has made her a better photojournalist: ”It gave me the foundations of compassion and empathy...if you don’t have those things then you can’t tell someone's story.”
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Education

High School
Associate's Degree
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Northampton County Area Community College
Associate's Degree
Photography
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Career

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer

I am a photographer and four-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Journalism
Being Creative

Day to Day

I document and shoot long term photo projects for a variety of topics and news sources.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Empathy is the key attribute needed for any journalist.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Follow your heart and passion wherever it takes you.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Don't pursue a career in art, you won't make any money."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Physical Issues
Death and Loss