Working for the Los Angeles Times since 1994, Carolyn Cole's photographs of many of the world's armed conflicts convey harsh realities far removed from the illusions of Hollywood. Cole (born 1961) won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2004 for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.
For nearly two decades, Cole has covered war, starvation, and brutality in the Middle East, Haiti, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Like other conflict photographers, she has repeatedly placed herself in situations of danger to report on issues that she believes must be covered. In 2002 she earned her first nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of a group of Palestinian gunmen who entered the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as they fled Israeli forces, setting off a standoff that lasted for 39 days. Cole joined a group of peace activists who entered the church in solidarity with the Palestinians and filed several stories from inside the conflict.
Cole has also been widely recognized for her sensitive portrayals of civilians, especially children caught in the destitution and horror surrounding armed conflicts. Her most recent project focuses on exploited children in various Asian countries.