Matthew Lewis (photographer)

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Matthew Lewis (born March 8, 1930)[1] is an American photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1975 work with The Washington Post.[2]

Biography & Career[edit]

Lewis was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania[3][4] and later moved to Washington, DC in 1947. He attended college at Howard University in 1947 for a year and then continued at the University of Pittsburgh the next year before he dropped out. From 1949-1952, Lewis served as a hospital corpsman for the United States Navy.[3] Lewis received his first job at Morgan State University where he worked in the audio visual department. Lewis freelanced for the Baltimore Afro-American before getting a job with the Washington Post in 1965 as a staff photographer. He was eventually promoted to assistant managing editor of photography.[5][6] where he covered Civil Rights marches, Super Bowls, and John F. Kennedy's funeral. He was the first African-American photographer to work for the Washington Post.[7] Lewis retired in 1990[5] and moved with his wife Jeannine to Thomasville, North Carolina. He began working at the Thomasville Times in 1990[5] to keep himself busy.

Awards[edit]

In 1975, Lewis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography "for his photographs in color and black and white." These photos portrayed various aspects of "the Washington lifestyle."[8] Lewis won first place in the White House News Photographers Association competitions in 1968 and 1971[9] In 2010, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum honored Lewis during a special tribute and public reception.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ID: 500088578. Union List of Artist Names Online. The J. Paul Getty Trust. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Prizes". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2000-01-01). Press Photography Awards, 1942-1998: From Joe Rosenthal and Horst Faas to Moneta Sleet and Stan Grossfeld. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783598301841. 
  4. ^ "The Great American Photographer: Matthew Lewis". Our State: Celebrating North Carolina. January 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jerry Howell Lecture Series: Pulitzer Prize Winner Matthew Lewis to Speak at Randolph Community College Jan. 21". www.randolph.edu. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  6. ^ Deneesha Edwards (February 11, 2009). "Famous photographer takes DCCC students on journey". The Davidson Dispatch. Davidson County Community College. 
  7. ^ "Black Photographer To Be Honored By Intl Civil Rights Museum". BlackRadioNetwork. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  8. ^ Fischer, Heinz-D.; Fischer, Erika J. (2003-01-01). Complete Historical Handbook of the Pulitzer Prize System 1917-2000: Decision-Making Processes in all Award Categories based on unpublished Sources. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110939125. 
  9. ^ Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2000-01-01). Press Photography Awards, 1942-1998: From Joe Rosenthal and Horst Faas to Moneta Sleet and Stan Grossfeld. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783598301841. 
  10. ^ "INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER & MUSEUM TO HONOR MATTHEW LEWIS" (PDF). June 22, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Coar, Valencia Hollins. A Century of black photographers, 1840-1960 [exhibition catalog]. Providence, RI: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1983.

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