John L. Gaunt

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John L. Gaunt (June 4, 1924 in Syracuse, New York – October 26, 2007 in Desert Hot Springs, California) was an American photographer.[1] He won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.[2]

He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He studied at Compton College and graduated from University of Southern California, with a degree in zoology. He worked for the Los Angeles Times from October 1950 to 1988.[3]

His 1955 award-winning photo entitled "Tragedy by the Sea" depicted a young couple standing together beside a violent sea that had just taken their infant son away. As well as the Pulitzer, the photograph won an Associated Press Managing Editor's Award, and a prize from the California-Nevada Associated Press.


  1. ^ "John L. Gaunt Jr., 83; won Pulitzer as Times photographer". LA Times. Retrieved 2007-10-27. [dead link]
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  3. ^ Heinz Dietrich Fischer, Erika J. Fischer, eds. (2000). Press photography awards, 1942-1998. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-598-30184-1. 

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