Pulitzers May Honor Photo Winner — For 1979 Shot


The Pulitzer Prize board said Monday that it will consider changing its records to recognize a photographer who is now credited with taking a chilling Pulitzer-winning picture of a 1979 Iranian execution.

The photographer had remained anonymous since the photo was shot, a decision made at the time by an Iranian newspaper editor, who feared the government would target the journalist if he were unmasked.

The Wall Street Journal identified the photographer Saturday as Jahangir Razmi.

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzers, said Monday that the “evidence in the story appears clear and convincing” and that the board had the matter under review.

The photo is one of the most iconic images in the history of Iran, a symbol of the brutality of the regime that terrorized the country after the shah was overthrown. It depicts a line of 11 blindfolded men who are executed by a firing squad.

The photo appeared in the Iranian paper Ettel’at before being picked up by United Press International. The Pulitzer was awarded to “an unnamed photographer of United Press International.”

Razmi, 58, still lives in Iran and said he has long been disappointed that the photo did not carry his name. He stayed anonymous because he feared such an image would make him a potential target but recently decided to tell his story.

“My name should be there,” he told the Journal.

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