Josh Haner’s assignment was straightforward: spend several weeks or months with one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, and make New York Times readers feel like they are there with him during recovery.
By the end of Day 1, the assignment was doomed. The mother of Jeff Bauman, a spectator who had become a symbol of the marathon carnage, kicked Haner out of her son’s hospital room and explained that he was not welcome there.
Yet three months later, having earned the trust of the entire Bauman family and overcome countless other hurdles, Haner delivered a portfolio that matches the enormity of the story.
These are hard-won images. The family, at first, and then hospital officials, were leery of granting access to a patient with massive physical and psychological trauma. The nature of the Boston attacks made the issue even more fraught. New York Times readers would not know this. They see only a collection of visceral photography that might well stand as the lasting emblem of the impact of the bombings.
The photographs on display here received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
Josh Haner, 37, is a staff photographer and the senior editor for photo technology at The New York Times.
He was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photo essay documenting the arduous recovery of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings who lost both his legs and painfully rebuilt his life.
Josh is an FAA licensed drone pilot having worked with Virginia Tech as part of the FAA’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership to advise on how to safely use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for newsgathering.
His photography and video journalism has been honored with awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism. He has been published in numerous publications including National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone.
Josh graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Studio Art (Photography) and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems. He spends his free time backpacking in the Sierra Nevada in California.
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