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Stanley Forman

Stanley Forman

American photographer
Stanley Forman
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Intro American photographer
Is Photographer Journalist Photojournalist
From United States of America
Type Arts Journalism
Gender male
Birth 10 July 1945, Winthrop, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Age 75 years
Star sign Cancer
Harvard University
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Pulitzer Prize for Photography  
World Press Photo of the Year  
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Stanley Forman (born July 10, 1945) is an American former photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize two years in a row while working at the Boston Herald American.

Early life and education

Stanley Forman was born as Stanley Joseph Forman on July 10, 1945, in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

He studied photography at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston (1965-1966). 


After graduation, Forman was a cameraman for a political campaign before joining the Boston Herald (which became the Boston Herald American in 1973 and reverted to Boston Herald in 1983) as a photo lab technician. He was later promoted to a staff photographer.

Forman won his Pulitzer Prizes consecutively, the first photographer to do so. In 1976, he won in the category of "Spot News Photography" for his sequence of photographs Fire Escape Collapse showing a young woman and a two-year-old girl falling from a collapsed balcony during a local fire. The following year, he was co-winner in the same category for The Soiling of Old Glory, a photograph depicting black lawyer Ted Landsmark being assaulted by a man wielding a flagpole as a weapon during the height of anti-busing unrest in Boston. 

In 1979, the photography staff of the Boston Herald American won yet another Pulitzer Prize for the "Feature Photography" category for coverage of the blizzard of 1978 in Boston. However, Forman did not take any photograph as he was on crutches following an Achilles tendon injury during the blizzard.

Forman was named a Nieman Fellow in 1980, the same year in which he was awarded the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award by the National Press Photographers Association. He has worked as a cameraman at Boston station WCVB-TV since 1983.


  • 1975 - Winner, Sigma Delta Chi Award
  • 1975 - Winner, World Press Photo of the Year for Fire Escape Collapse
  • 1976 - Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for Fire Escape Collapse
  • 1977 - Co-Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for The Soiling of Old Glory
  • 1980 - Nieman Fellow
  • 1980 - National Press Photographers Association Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award
  • 2017 - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award
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