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Pulitzer Prize Show Opens in Japan

February 14, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ An exhibition showcasing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs opened in Tokyo on Friday, cataloging famous snapshots of some of the most dramatic events of the past half-century.

The exhibition, running through March 8 at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Museum, features 230 photographs taken by the 88 winners of journalism’s highest honor since the first Pulitzer Prize for photography was awarded in 1942.

Photographs from each year the prize has been awarded are being shown, although not every prize-winning photograph is in the exhibit.

Historical memorabilia is also on display: letters sent by the Pulitzer Prize Board to winners, cameras used by some of the photographers and bold headline-strewn front pages from The New York Times and other papers.

The show, sponsored by Nippon Television Network Corp. for its 45th anniversary and Philip Morris Cos. Inc., will tour eight other Japanese cities, but there are no plans yet for taking the exhibition outside of Japan.

The exhibit was ten years in the making as copyright issues were worked out and biographical information on the award winners was assembled, said Yoshiko Hayakawa, a producer at NTV in charge of the project.

``It was a very complicated undertaking,″ said Hayakawa. ``My dream is to take it to the United States some day.″ NTV said it has begun to look into sponsorship for a U.S. tour.

Many of the photos presented symbolize the era in which they were taken, from the flag raising on Iwo Jima at the end of World War II to the roadside execution of a Viet Cong member by a South Vietnamese general in 1969.

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