David Burnett

David Burnett is an award winning magazine photojournalist who has four decades of work covering the news, people and the "visual tempo of our age". David has worked in nearly 80 countries and has covered the Iranian Revoution, the drought in Africa, every presidential election since 1976, the summer Olympic Games since 1984 and many everyday events. David started out working in 35mm film and continues to use various cameras in his equipment bag including a 4x5 Speed graphic, a $30 Holga plastic camera, a Mamiya 6, as well as digital SLRs. He considers each camera to do something appropriate for the moment in question and chooses whichever he thinks suits best. 

David is co-founder of New York based photojournalism agency Contact Press Images, which is in its 37th year. He has won virtually every award possible for magazine photojournalism and American Photo magazine recently named him one of the most "100 Important People in Photography". David has several books to his name including one titled "Soul Rebel" illustrating intimate moments of reggae legend Bob Marley. David was first sent to Kingston Jamaica to photograph Bob at his home for TIME magazine. David ended up capturing intimate portraits of Bob and the rarely depicted reggae scene and went on to photograph Bob Marley and the Wailers on their European Exodus tour in 1977. "Soul Rebel", not published until 2009, shows the photos taken during this time.

 

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