Pulitzer Prize Winner Photographs Westport Protest

Tyler Hicks — the globe-trotting, Pulitzer Prize-and-many-other-honors-winning New York Times photographer — was in his hometown of Westport today.

If there’s a newsworthy event, he finds it.

Several dozen people — including Congressman Jim Himes and State Senate candidate Will Haskell — stood on the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge downtown.

They held signs deploring the separation of children from families at the US border; the detention centers those young kids are placed in, and the government’s refusal to let even a US senator investigate conditions.

(Photo/Tyler Hicks)

From his current home in Nairobi, Tylel Hicks roams far and wide. He covers deadly conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Russia, Bosnia, the Mideast, Chechnya and across Africa.

In 2011, he and fellow Westport Pulitzer Prize winner Lynsey Addario were kidnapped in Libya.

This protest was quieter than those he usually sees.

But the cause — the treatment of human beings — is as important as anything else Tyler shoots. As Rep. Himes said: “This is not a political issue. It’s a moral issue.”

So — as he always is — Tyler Hicks was there.

Tyler Hicks’ sister Darcy turned the tables, and photographed the photographer as he photographed the protest. (Photo/Darcy Hicks)

5 responses to “Pulitzer Prize Winner Photographs Westport Protest

  1. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Thank you Tyler Hicks. Thank you Dan. Thank you Congressman Hines, State Senate candidate Will Haskell and the others for giving a voice to the children without a voice and protesting this inhumane action .

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Wow, I would have liked to have been a part of that protest.

    And to meet the Congressmen and the amazing photographers.

    I wasn’t aware of the event (was it publicized around CT news outlets?) … but I wouldn’t have been able to join anyway. Too many obligations in my world of Trumbull, heh.

    Thanks for the post, Dan!

  3. Barbara Jay

    The administration’s treatment of immigrants just keeps getting more despicable. The Ruth Steinkraus Cohen bridge is westport‘s venerable place for peaceful protest. If you agree that separating children from their parents is barbarous, come stand on the bridge next Saturday morning and every Saturday morning until it stops. Maybe the UN families coming to westport on June 23, the 53rd annual “jUNe Day,” will join us.

  4. Lori Winthrop Dockser

    Great tribute to your dad Darcy with a photo of the photographer …. he is a national hero. Thanks to you and your family for carrying on his work against gun violence. You all have much to be proud of and miles to go. We’re behind you !