Since the early 1990s, Michele du Cille embraced The Kalish workshop as an educational outlet for visual journalists. He was a repeat faculty member and a board member on the National Press Photographers Foundation, which provides support to The Kalish workshop. In December 2014, Michele collapsed and died of a heart attack in Liberia while documentary the ravages of Ebola for The Washington Post. He was 58.
Michel du Cille was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Du Cille is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In April 2008 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with writers, Anne Hull and Dana Priest of The Washington Post, exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The work evoked a national outcry, producing reforms by federal officials. He shared his first Pulitzer in spot news photography with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy, on coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, which caused a massive mudslide killing an estimated 25,000 people. In 1988 second Pulitzer, in feature photography, was awarded for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. Du Cille was appointed Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The Washington Post in November of 2007; he joined The Post in 1988 as picture editor. His staff of photographers, Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking New Photography for their work on the Haiti earthquake and subsequent aftermath.