Michael Williamson (photographer)

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Michael Williamson (born 1957) is an American photojournalist. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes.

Of the books he has made with writer Dale Maharidge while both men were on the staff of the Sacramento Bee, And Their Children After Them won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1990[1] and Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass was credited by singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen as an inspiration for two songs from his album The Ghost of Tom Joad, "Youngstown" and "The New Timer".[2][3]

In 1993, Williamson became a staff photographer for The Washington Post. Photos he took on assignment in Kosovo, along with the work of Post colleagues Carol Guzy and Lucian Perkins, led to Williamson's share of another Pulitzer in 2000.[citation needed][4]

Orphaned at an early age, Williamson grew up in a series of foster homes, a circumstance to which he attributes his interest in the poor and the downtrodden.[5]

Books with Dale Maharidge[edit]


  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. ^ Kirkpatrick, R. (2007). The Words and Music of Bruce Springsteen. Praeger. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0-275-98938-0.
  3. ^ Sandford, C. (1999). Springsteen: Point Blank. Da Capo Press. p. 368. ISBN 978-0-306-80921-7.
  4. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes". Pulitzer.org. 2000. Retrieved 2023-08-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Lam, May-Ying (2021-10-27). "The paradox of poverty, through the lens of Michael Williamson". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2023-08-15.