From the Washington Post internal announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:
We are very pleased to announce that Michel du Cille, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and former deputy AME/Photo, will become Assistant Managing Editor for Photography, effective November 1.
Michel is one of the outstanding photojournalists of his generation.
He became a professional news photographer at the age of 17, before earning his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Indiana. As a staff photographer at the Miami Herald from 1981 to 1988, he won two Pulitzer Prizes: for Spot News Photography with Carol Guzy for their coverage of the November, 1985 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia and for Feature Photography for Michel’s 1987 photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project.
He came to The Washington Post in 1988 as Picture Editor under Joe Elbert. Together, they built a leading newspaper photography department, whose photojournalists won three Pulitzer Prizes and numerous Photographer of the Year awards in national competitions. Two years ago, Michel returned to shooting and produced memorable photography for the newspaper’s front page and the groundbreaking Being a Black Man project. He also plunged into the creation of photo galleries for the Web.
As AME/Photo, Michel intends to expand the department’s multi-media reach while nurturing the newspaper’s breaking news and in-depth photojournalism. He is soft-spoken, has a clear vision and leads both by example and with a firm hand. At a time when visual journalism is more important than ever to the future of The Washington Post in print and on the Web, we are fortunate to have Michel leading the way.