A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

Andrew Lopez: 1960 Pulitzer Prize for News Photography

“For his series of four photographs of a corporal, formerly of Dictator Batista’s army, who was executed by a Castro firing squad, the principal picture showing the condemned man receiving last rites.”

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One of Lopez’s winning images, with original caption attached.

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Father Domingo Lorenzo performs last rites for Cuban Army Cpl. Jose Cipriano Rodriguez on Jan. 17, 1959. Rodriguez, who had served in Fulgencio Batista’s army, was executed by firing squad after being found guilty for the deaths of two brothers. His tribunal lasted just one minute. UPI photographer Andrew Lopez won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for a series of four photos from the scene, including this one.

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