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> Ford Strikers Riot 1942 Pulitzer Prize, Photography, Milton Brooks, The Detroit News Its April 3, 1941, day two of the first United Auto Workers strike at the Ford Motor Co. factory in Detroit. Lines of pickets have closed off all access to the factory. Production has ground to a halt; 120,000 workers are idle. Tensions are running high.
> Photographer Milton Brooks joins a crowd of journalists outside the gates. Brooks is an unusual news photographer: Unlike his colleagues, he rarely takes more than one picture at any event, preferring to stand patiently until the most newsworthy image presents itself. Today, as cameras snap and roll all around him. Brooks waits. Finally, the photographer sees his chance. “I saw a man pick a fight with some of the pickets,” he says. “He had the wrong side of the argument and I could tell from what he said that there would be trouble soon.” Fists are clenched, clubs raised.
> Brooks snaps a single photograph: eight strikers, faces contorted; a lone dissenter, crouching low, his coat pulled over his head. “I took the picture quickly, hid the camera under my coat and ducked into the crowd. A lot of people would have liked to wreck that picture.” [source](https://www.slideshare.net/guimera/the-pulitzer-prize-winners-photography-19422013-1)