Photos by Jerry Gay
Jerry Gay won a Pulitzer Prize for this photo of Burien/Normandy Park firefighters resting after battling a house fire on Burien’s Three Tree Point in 1974. PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE.

SLIDESHOW: Pulitzer Prize winner to sign book in Burien on Dec. 10

Information from the author and Burien Books:

Former Seattle Times photojournalist Jerry Gay, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his 'Lull in the Battle' photo of firefighters at a Three Tree Point house fire on Oct, 11th 1974, will sign his book, “Seeing Reality” on Dec. 10 from Noon- 4 p.m. at Burien Books, 824 S.W. 152nd St.

As a photojournalist Jerry Gay has driven 500,000 miles of America’s back roads and highways over 40 years to continue his ongoing research of everyday life. With humor and acute philosophical perceptions, this highly animated motivational speaker brings his visual insights to every audience he touches. Jerry’s pictures and philosophy convey a positive and persuasive analysis to help us find hope and see solutions to the unique challenges we now face in this ambiguous universe. Jerry’s wisdom, his reverence for the earth, common people and sacredness of all life is revealed in his live audience presentations and in new book SEEING REALITY.


Jerry Gay’s major career achievements and recognitions distinguish him from others. At age 28, Jerry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for news photography and the following year he served as the president of The National Press Photographers Association. Jerry was executive editor / publisher of Picture Magazine. He is a graduate and former instructor at the internationally acclaimed Brooks Institute of Photography. Jerry has shared his photographic talents and management skills with newspapers nationwide: New York Newsday, The Seattle Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Los Angeles Times, Everett Herald and Maui News.

Currently, Jerry Gay the writer, educator, visual artist and philosopher is also an unquestionably deeply focused, entertaining and highly enlightened speaker with diverse societal, corporate, educational, and spiritual groups.

Jerry's website:

On, Gay wrote, “At age 28, while a staff photographer for the Seattle Times, I was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for news photography in 1975. This prize-winning photograph entitled, "Lull in the Battle", powerfully depicts firemen in a moment of deep reflection after battling a house fire. The photograph speaks of courage, dedication and humanity during the troubled times of the Vietnam War, when many thought our country was other than courageous, dedicated or humanitarian.

“Like all of my photographs, this picture allows us to travel beyond the obvious and capture the essential about the individual as well as the collective. It urges us to take another look and remember who we are.

“Numerous times during this multi-media career my peers have acknowledged my photographic eye. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, I also received the first Edward Steichen Award for news photography and was named regional Photographer of the Year in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977 by the National Press Photographers Association, an organization for which I served as President."

Burien Books will have two other free book signings during December:

The store is hosting a new book release of 'The Wonderful World of Yule: A Poem of Santa's Origins' by local authors Paul and Libby Carr ( on Dec. 3 from Noon- 3 p.m.

On Dec. 17, local children’s author and illustrator Joan Thomas will sign her book, “Mimi’s Gifts” from Noon-3 p.m.

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