A Mother` Journey and Selected Photographs

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Photographs by Renee C. Byer, Introduction by Brian Wallace

This collection of photographs presents photojournalist Renee C. Byers Pulitzer Prize-winning series, A Mothers Journey, along with other early and recent photographs. A Mothers Journey is an intimate portrayal of a single mothers emotional and financial struggles as her son battles neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. This year-long documentary project was originally published in the Sacramento Bee as a four-part series and on the Web as a multimedia package. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2007, the series won a World Understanding Award as well the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature photography. When done well, said Byer, photojournalism is a powerful tool because it connects people to the reality of life and can bring understanding and awareness to important issues.