Stanley Forman

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Stanley Forman
Stanley Forman (1976).jpg
Forman in 1976.
Stanley Joseph Forman

(1945-07-10) July 10, 1945 (age 76)
Alma materBenjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Notable work
Fire Escape Collapse
The Soiling of Old Glory
AwardsSigma Delta Chi Award

World Press Photo of the Year

Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography
1976 and 1977

Stanley Joseph Forman (born July 10, 1945 in Winthrop) is an American photojournalist, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography two years in a row while working at the Boston Herald American.


A native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, Forman graduated from Revere High School and studied photography at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology from 1965 to 1966. After graduating, Forman became a cameraman for political campaigns before joining the Boston Herald American as a photo lab technician. Forman was later promoted to staff photographer.[1][2]


By the 1970s Forman became the recipient of citations from the United Press International and the Boston Press Photographers. In 1973 he was chosen as Regional Photographer of the year.[3]

In 1975, Forman was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year by World Press Photo for the Fire Escape Collapse, a photograph depicting a young woman, Diana Bryant, and her goddaughter, Tiare Jones, falling from a collapsed fire escape during a fire. As he found out later, the child survived because she was cushioned by the body of her godmother. In 1976 the photo received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.[4][5]

Forman is the first photographer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography two years in a row (1976 and 1977). In 1976, he won for the Fire Escape Collapse, and the next year, he became co-winner for the same award for The Soiling of Old Glory, a photograph depicting a black attorney, Ted Landsmark, being assaulted by a white male teenager, Joseph Rakes, wielding a flagpole holding the American flag as a weapon during the height of the Boston Desegregation Busing Crisis.[6][3][2]

In 1979, Forman's photography staff at the Boston Herald American won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for coverage of the Blizzard of 1978 in Boston. However, Forman did not take any photographs that led to the award because he was recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. The following year, he was named a Nieman Fellow and was honored with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award from the National Press Photographers Association.[7][8]

Forman has worked as a cameraman for Boston's WCVB-TV since 1983.[9] In 2013 he published a book ‘Before Yellow Tape’.[10][11]



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  2. ^ a b Fischer 2015, p. 64.
  3. ^ a b Fischer & Fischer 2002, p. 74.
  4. ^ "'And then the fire escape let go'". Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  5. ^ "Life After Iconic 1976 Photo: The American Flag's Role In Racial Protest". NPR. 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
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  8. ^ "Stanley Forman, NF '80". Nieman Reports. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  9. ^ "Stanley Forman Photos Gallery".
  10. ^ "Photog developed a picture-perfect eye". The Boston Herald. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  11. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winner Stanley Forman on Covering Fires in Boston from "the Other Side of the Tape"". Nieman Reports. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  12. ^ "Veteran WCVB photojournalist Stanley Forman honored". 17 November 2017.


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