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Some of the images in the Newseum exhibit “The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment” are so deeply ingrained in the popular imagination that they may be recalled with a mere prompt: Iwo Jima, Oswald shot, napalmed girl, Kent State, Reagan’s assassination attempt. However, the exhibit’s more interesting photographs are obscure: a beating on a picket line (1942), doomed leaps from burning buildings (1947 and 1976), the spearing assassination of a Japanese politician (1961), the eerily frozen arm of a buried mudslide victim in Colombia (1986). For each photograph, the curators offer a backstory, and many of them offer compelling guides to the mind-set (and luck) of accomplished news photographers. The exhibition is on view every day save Mondays through March 11, 2001. Try to see the collection during off-peak times; when I visited (on the Friday after Thanksgiving) the smallish space was jam-packed. News junkies should consider buying the catalog ($29.95); it includes photographer bios and permits leisurely inspection of the images in a format—ink on paper—that approximates what the photographers initially had in mind. On view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 284-3544. (Louis Jacobson)