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John Moore

Photojournalist. Eyewitness. Pulitzer Prize Winner.

John Moore is a special correspondent for Getty Images and is one of the most recognized photojournalists working today. He has worked in 70 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for most of his career, first to Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico, Egypt, and Pakistan. 

2020 finds John in a hazmat suit, riding along with first responders, his lens trained on the COVID-19 pandemic, an enemy that respects no borders, arrives unannounced and behaves differently in each host, making it the most mysterious and deadly enemy we have faced yet.  Moore flew to Washington state in February to give us our first look at the virus on U.S. soil. Most recently, he is documenting its ravages in and around the second epicenter, New York City, especially as the virus impacts its most vulnerable residents.

Just before the pandemic became visible on U.S. soil, Moore flew to Australia to cover the bushfires and to document the work being done by organizations and volunteers to rescue and rehabilitate Australia’s endemic wildlife. For more than a decade—and long before it became a political football—Moore has documented immigration at the U.S./Mexico border, providing the world with a balanced perspective to help understand the complex issue from each viewpoint: the officers and agents patrolling the border, the families desperate for a better life, and the U.S. citizens whose systems are both benefitted and strained by the arrival of immigrants. 

Moore has won the profession’s top honors, including the 2019 World Press Photo of the Year award for the image, known as “Crying Girl on the Border,” that demanded a nation’s attention and helped stop the practice of separating families at the border. He has also won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his comprehensive immigration coverage and the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his photos of the war in Iraq.  

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Moore lives with his family in Stamford, Connecticut.

Photos: courtesy John Moore

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Eyewitness to the World

Getty Photographer John Moore takes a nuanced and comprehensive approach to help us see beyond the headlines and gain a deeper understanding of the news as it unfolds. He has spent more than a decade at the U.S./Mexico border to document illegal immigration from the points of view of the Customs and Border Patrol agents and officers on the ground and the people desperate enough for a better life to be willing to leave behind everything they know.  In 2019, he trained his lens on the bushfires of Australia and the army of volunteers working to rescue and rehabilitate the badly burned and displaced endemic wildlife that survived. Then, in January of this year, he got the call to fly to Washington state to cover the earliest major appearance of COVID-19 on U.S. soil. Once its epicenter shifted to the metro New York City area, John began to ride along with first responders who are risking the safety of themselves and their families in order to answer the noble call to serve at our time of greatest need.

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