David Burnett has been an internationally acclaimed photojournalist for over five decades. He has worked on contract with LIFE, Time and PEOPLE, and continues to work for a variety ...read more
David Burnett has been an internationally acclaimed photojournalist for over five decades. He has worked on contract with LIFE, Time and PEOPLE, and continues to work for a variety of magazines in the US and Europe. He is the recipient of the Press Photo of the Year award from World Press Photo (Holland), Magazine Photographer of the Year from the PIctures of the Year (USA), the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America (USA), the latter of which has also awarded him two Olivier Rebbot awards for work done around the world. He's photographed every American President since John F Kennedy, and covered every Summer Olympic Games since 1984. He has taught a number of workshops, including the GulfPhotoPlus in Dubai, and Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, and has twice chaired the Jury of World Press Photo. He has authored two large-format photography books: "Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley", and "44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World" - a photo memoir of the Iranian Revolution. In 2018 he received the Sprague Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Press Photographers Association. He was named a Sony “Artisan of Imagery” in 2019, and continues to blend his work with both the most modern digital cameras, and his vintage WWII era Speed Graphic. He is currently working on a portrait project of the Apollo astronauts, having been at Cape Canaveral in 1969 to photograph the launch of Apollo XI. He lives in the New York area, but considers himself a citizen of the world.