Olympics in Barcelona
1993 Pulitzer Prize, Spot News Photography, Ken Geiger and William Snyder, The Dallas Morning News
In July 1992, 600 photojournalists arrive in Barcelona, Spain, to cover the summer Olympic Games. Some news organizations field dozens of photographers. The Dallas Morning News sends two: William Snyder and Ken Geiger.
For Geiger, photographing the Olympics is "one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Its a marathon for a journalist." Snyder agrees: "Our goal was to be the lead photo on Page One every day.... I remember what it felt like to score a goal or win a race. That's what I was after, to capture what it felt like and bring it home to the people who look at our pictures. " Geigers finds his first event, mens soccer, "kind of intimidating.... When I edited the film, I was real pleased. I thought "Man I hope I can keep up this pace.'"
The photographers divvy up the events. Snyder gets basketball and diving. "We did what we wanted to do," he says. “We went out there with the idea that not only would we get the moments, but we would also try to shoot things differently."
Geiger covers track and field. He has just finished photographing the U.S. women's team winning the 4 x 100 relay when he notices the Nigerian women watching the scoreboard. "When it became official that they had third place (a Bronze medal), they broke into celebration. I had to change cameras to one with a shorter lens. Then I took the photo."