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1998 Pulitzer - Feature Photography

1998 Pulitzer: Feature Photography

Clarence Williams - For his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.

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Theodora Triggs, 34, cradles daughter Tamika, 3, after shooting heroin. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Tamika Triggs, 3, dozes on a filthy mattress in a shed in Long Beach while her mother, Theodora, right, and a friend, Dorene McDonald, get high on crack cocaine and heroin. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Tamika looks out a bus window. Her life revolves around her mother's drug abuse. This year, Tamika has lived in at least nine places, including a crack den, the home of an ex-boyfriend's mother, a garage and a hotel. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

With her back to her daughter, Theodora Triggs shoots heroin. She insists that she loves Tamika and says she knows other children of addicts who are worse off, but admits, "When I'm using, I'm chasing my drug. I'm not paying attention to her." ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

With a child's spontaneous joy, Tamika smiles as she runs past her mother and Johnny, a man they lived with briefly. "My dad's in prison," Tamika explained recently. "And my mom is sad." ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Theodora Triggs caresses daughter Tamika as the child falls asleep. When her mother vanishes for hours or days in search of drugs, Tamika fears she will never come back. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Johnny brushes Tamika's teeth with a toothbrush she is sharing this day with Theodora, who is HIV-positive. After noticing that her own gums were bleeding, Theodora asked him to clean Tamika's teeth first.( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Tamika wanders behind shed where her mother and a friend got high earlier.( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Kevin Bryan, 8, covers his ears and turns away as his father's girlfriend, Rita Green, screams at him in their Long Beach apartment, which is a hangout for numerous addicts. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

In foreground, Kevin watches as his father, Calvin Holloman, a speed addict and alcoholic, tosses back a beer. Kevin calls the addicts who frequent the small apartment "the bad people." ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Son Kevin digs through garbage in a dumpster, hoping to find clothes for his 10-year-old sister; he finds a pair of shoes, but they are too small. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Ashley Bryan, 10, stares into space as her father, Calvin Holloman, lies on a mattress in the living room of their apartment. Unlike her brother, Kevin, Ashley is well-behaved, quiet--and depressed. She speaks sadly of lagging far behind others her age in academic skills: "What's 3 times 3? I don't know." She and her brother missed four months of the last school year after their father withdrew them from classes. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Kevin Bryan settles down for the night on the sofa in his living room, looking into the kitchen where his father's addict friends sleep on the floor; the refrigerator and stove have been sold for drug money. At 8, Kevin, whose mother abandoned the family years ago, is angry and violent. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

Before going to sleep, Ashley Bryan says her usual prayer: "Just once, give me something good. Please, make life get better." Neglect is the norm for Ashley and her brother, who go weeks without a bath, and are often hungry. ( Clarence Williams / Los Angeles Times )

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