The Carolyn Cole Photographic Archive

The Eyes of the People
Carolyn Cole

The Briscoe Center has acquired the photographic archive of Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Carolyn Cole. A staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times since 1994, Cole is perhaps best known for her conflict photography, including assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Liberia. In addition, she has covered many major national news stories such as the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Still active, Cole continues to capture American history, documenting the 2016 presidential election as well as recent border patrol operations in the Southwest. In each situation her goal is the same: to be “the eyes of the people.”

“I’ve always had a very clear definition of what my role was,” says Cole. “I’m making images that speak to what I’m seeing, building a bridge between readers and the outside world. I want to draw people in.”

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