By: Daryl Lang, Photo District News
For Todd Heisler, it’s farewell Colorado.
Heisler, a Rocky Mountain News photographer who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for his “Final Salute” photo essay, will join the photo staff of The New York Times.
Heisler, who starts in December, fills one of two staff photography openings at the Times. Recently, Ting Li Wang left to work in China and Paul Hosefros retired, according to New York Times assistant managing editor for photography Michele McNally.
Heisler’s profile has risen considerably in the past year, as the “Final Salute” project attracted international acclaim.
Heisler and reporter Jim Sheeler followed the families of local Marines killed in Iraq. The story and pictures ran in a special 24-page section published on Veterans Day 2005. The project won praise for illuminating the personal toll of the war while keeping politics at a distance.
Among the awards Heisler won this year are the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, a first place World Press Photo award, the Visa d’Or Magazine at Visa pour l’Image in France, three National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism awards and five Pictures of the Year International awards.
Heisler shared a 2003 Pulitzer Prize that went to a group of Rocky Mountain News photographer for coverage of wildfires.
Heisler’s move was announced Friday in a memo by Rocky Mountain News editor and publisher John Temple posted on the Poynter web site, and confirmed by McNally.