A mother and father bathe their adopted son in the therapeutic feeding tent at the Mtendeli Refugee Camp near Kibondo, Tanzania. The couple took responsibility for the malnourished child after his mother died. This photograph is one of several by Martha Rial that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Photo by Martha Rial.

In the next 50 pages Nieman Reports take stock of photojournalism today. While problems are noted, the report is positive. The articles and the photo essays by 10 Nieman Fellows demonstrate the special value of pictures to news. As noted photographer Edward Steichen summed it up at the dinner celebrating his 90th birthday in 1969: “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. And that is no mean function.”

Oklahoma City Fire Capt. Chris Fields carries one-year-old Baylee Almon, injured in the April 1995 bombing at the Alfred Murrah Federal Building. The child died of her injuries. Photo by Charles H. Porter IV.

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