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Michel du Cille

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I’m Just A Regular Guy.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1956
Birth Location:
Kingston,

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Photojournalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
I’m Just A Regular Guy.

Birthplace

Born:
1/24/1956
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

Photojournalist Michel du Cille was born in 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica. His initial interest in photography is credited to his father, a pastor-minister, who worked as a newspaper reporter both in Jamaica and in the United States. Du Cille began his career in photojournalism while in high school working at The Gainesville (GA) Times. In 1985, he received his B.S. degree in journalism from Indiana University. Du Cille also received his M.S. degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1994.

While studying at Indiana University, du Cille was a photographer and picture editor at the Indiana Daily Student. He then worked as an intern at The Louisville Courier Journal/Times in 1979 and at The Miami Herald in 1980. Du Cille joined The Miami Herald's photography staff in 1981. In 1988, he was hired as a picture editor for The Washington Post. In 2005, du Cille became associate editor, and was named assistant managing editor of photography in 2007. Then, in 2009, when The Washington Post newsroom was re-organized and combined with washingtonpost.com, du Cille's title went from assistant managing editor of photography to director of photography. In 2012, he again became an associate editor for photography.

Du Cille has won three Pulitzer Prizes. He shared the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer, Carol Guzy, for their coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Du Cille won the 1988 Feature Photography Pulitzer for a photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. In 2008, he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with Washington Post reporters, Dana Priest and Anne Hull, for exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition, du Cille led a team of editors that assembled the photographs shot by Nikki Kahn, Carol Guzy, and Ricky Carioti into the essay that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News photography for their coverage of the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath.

Du Cille has been active in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPF) in various committee and leadership roles, including serving as the executive committee board representative in 2000, as well as on the organization's finance committee in the early 2000s. Du Cille served on the Pulitzer Prize jury in the photography categories, and as a University of Missouri School of Journalism Pictures of the Year International judge.

Du Cille passed away on December 11, 2014 at the age of 58. He was married to Washington Post photojournalist Nikki Khan, also a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Michel du Cille was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 27, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille talks about his mother's Syrian and Indian ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille remembers his mother's chronic illness
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille describes his father's family background
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille remembers his family's immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille talks about his parents' elopement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille talks about his interest in Rastafarianism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michel du Cille remembers the popular culture of Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michel du Cille describes his schooling in Jamaica
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille remembers his early exposure to photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille recalls the start of his photography training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille describes his experiences of school integration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille describes his favorite subjects in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille remembers his brothers' schooling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille talks about his photographic influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille remembers his early photography assignments
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michel du Cille recalls his conflicts with the principal at Gainesville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michel du Cille recalls his rejection from the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michel du Cille remembers transferring to Indiana University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille describes his experiences at the Indiana University School of Journalism in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille remembers developing his photography portfolio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille talks about his internship at the Miami Herald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille remembers his early cameras
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille remembers joining the staff of the Miami Herald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille talks about the Miami Herald's coverage of the riots in 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille talks about the African American leadership in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michel du Cille talks about the Pulitzer Prize winning black photographers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michel du Cille remembers photographing the eruption of Nevado del Ruiz
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille remembers winning a Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille talks about his Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille talks about the prevalence of crack cocaine use
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille remembers joining The Washington Post
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille recalls his recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille talks about the risks of photojournalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille remembers integrating a restaurant in South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michel du Cille talks about the conflict between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Michel du Cille remembers his master's degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille describes his master's degree thesis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille talks about the use of photography in The Washington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille describes his career at The Washington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille talks about his second marriage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille talks about the photography department at The Washington Post
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille reflects upon the difference between writers and photojournalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Michel du Cille describes his involvement with the National Press Photographers Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Michel du Cille talks about the opportunities for aspiring photojournalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Michel du Cille describes his philosophy of photography
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Michel du Cille talks about his favorite photographers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Michel du Cille describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Michel du Cille reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Michel du Cille talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Michel du Cille reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Michel du Cille describes how he would like to be remembered