Excerpt from the 1969 Dateline for The Best Photographs,
Magazine or Book Award 1968:
Best Photographic Reporting or Interpretation
From Abroad In A Magazine Or A Book.
An American, an Italian and an African-born
Indian produced the poignant Life Magazine feature, “Starving Children in
the War of Extinction in Biafra.”
David Robison is a native New Yorker who earned
his B.A. degree from Bard College and a Master of International Affairs from
Columbia on a fellowship grant. He was one of the earliest correspondents in Biafra
and is credited with arousing world opinion with his reports and pictures of
the tragic situation there, through photographs published in England, France,
Holland, Germany and Italy as well as the United States.
Priya Ramrakha, who was born in Nairobi in 1935,
the son of an Indian Consular official, was one of nine correspondents ambushed
by Biafrans while on a Time magazine assignment with Nigerian troops. Shot in
the arm and in the back, he died an hour later in the University Hospital in
Priya became a stringer photographer for Time
and Life after being graduated from Duke of Gloucester Prep School in 1953.
From 1959 to 1962 he attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles. His dream
had been to settle in the United States permanently.
Only a few years ago, Romano Cagnoni was one of
the eager horde of amateur camerman known Italy as “paparazzi”, who
will go to any length to get a salable picture. He’s one of the few who have
graduated into the professional ranks.