Massoud Hossaini's photos of the carnage following a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kabul were so powerful that The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal all published them on their front pages on December 7
. But each ran different images from the same scene.
The Post chose a frame in which Tarana Akbari, 12, is holding her arms out, with the face of another survivor visible but most of a bloodied baby cropped out. The Journal chose a close-up image of the same young girl in green, in which most of the bodies are not visible. And the Times opted for a wide shot that showed her screaming, surrounded by bodies of the dead and injured.
The image that won the Pulitzer
for breaking news photography was the one that ran in the Times. In an interview with the Post
in December, the photo editors explained their reasoning, including their concerns about the graphic nature of the photo and which expression best told the story.