1990 Photo Contest, People in the News, 3rd prize

David Turnley

Detroit Free Press / Black Star

01 November, 1989

In a symbolic gesture, former Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek embraces the crowd on Wenceslas Square in Prague, that has gathered after his return to Prague during the Velvet Revolution. Dubcek returned to Prague on 24 November 1989 after 20 years in exile for his role as the leader of Czechoslovakia's 1968 pro-democracy uprising that was crushed by the Soviet Army. The man who tried to introduce 'socialism with a human face' had to wait more than 20 years to see his dream realized.

About the photographer

David Turnley

American photojournalist David C. Turnley (Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1955) is the winner of two World Press Photo of the Year awards, one Pulitzer Prize, and the Overseas Press Club’s...

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