DAA 2011: Michel du Cille, BA’85

Michel du Cille (Courtesy photo)
Michel du Cille (Courtesy photo)

Michel du Cille, BA’85

Michel du Cille, BA’85, is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer whose work documenting the lives of people facing extraordinary challenges and inconceivable tragedy has drawn public attention to neglected social issues. He has earned two individual Pulitzer Prizes and he is named on a third Pulitzer for his newspaper. Du Cille shared his first Pulitzer with a fellow Miami Herald photographer for their coverage of the 1985 eruption of a Colombian volcano.

His second Pulitzer, also for the Herald, was for a photo essay of crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project.

In 1988, he joined The Washington Post as picture editor, and he eventually became head of the Post’s photojournalism staff. The third Pulitzer, awarded to the newspaper for public service, came in 2008 and included his role in the coverage of treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.