Earlier today, the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography was awarded to Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald for, in the words of the judges, “his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti.”
In 2008, the Herald repeatedly sent Farrell to Haiti, which bore the brunt of the year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season. He was there the night Hurricane Ike – the fourth storm to hit Haiti in a month – re-flooded the overwhelmed country, swallowing homes and lives. In all, more than 800 Haitians died and more than one million were left homeless by the unrelenting series of storms.
Listen to the photographer discuss the images and Haiti here.