This is one of the most depressing things I have seen in a long time. It is a series of pictures by photographer Renée C. Byer that won this years Pulitzer Prize.
If you are unfamiliar with the Pulitzer Prize, it is an American national award for all things print journalism, literary achievements and musical composition. It is the most respected award in the United States of it’s kind. Or to make it simple, it’s the Oscar of newspapers, books and music compositions.
There are 21 categories and all entries must have been published in an American based newspaper of by one of the major daily news organisations.
The category that Renée C. Byer won is entitled Feature photography and is based on the following requirements:
For a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, in print or in print and online.
This is the reason given by the judges:
Awarded to Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.
It is never easy watching something like that. My mother died of cancer as well and it was definitely not easy. These pictures are extremely powerful.
Looking through the images one by one it is clear just how much Derek deteriorates and just how much more strain she has to put up with.