In this episode of Words on Pictures, Kim Komenich shares his thoughts on his early photographic influences that helped shape his vision as a young shooter growing up in Manteca, California.

Komenich was a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner from 1982 to 2000 and the San Francisco Chronicle from 2000 to 2009.

While working for the Examiner and the Chronicle, Komenich shot the full range of daily assignments as well as special assignments to cover the long-term effects of conflict in the Philippines, El Salvador, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union and Iraq. 

In 1987, Komenich won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his coverage of the Philippines "People Power" Revolution. Between 2009 and 2012, he made numerous trips back to the Philippines to find and photograph the subjects in his Pulitzer Prize winning entry.  The resulting exhibit, Revolution Revisited, is currently touring the Philippines and has been seen by more than three million people. You can hear Komenich's commentary on those images at the link below. A book and documentary film are slated for release in 2015. 

Komenich is currently Assistant Professor of Journalism New Media at San Jose State University, in San Jose, California. 

In addition to numerous awards, he has a Master's in Journalism from the University of Missouri, is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and a Dart Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, at Columbia University. 


Revolution Revisited