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An Evening with International Photojournalist David Burnett

EVT 488
Nov 17
7:30 pm
Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education
Status: No Registration Required
He’s been everywhere, but only for an hour.
American Photo Magazine

Please join us for a special evening with internationally acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett and an exploration of his five decades of work covering the news, the people, and the visual tempo of our age. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” (he says that this made his mom very happy). He has covered a number of wars, starting with Vietnam; most sports played anywhere in the world; famous and infamous politics and politicians; and the same kind of authors and artists. He modestly says that his vast portfolio is just “one person’s view of what our world of the past fifty years looks like,” but there aren’t many people with an eye as good as his.

In a world gone mad over digital photography, his kit includes a sixty-year-old Speed Graphic press camera, and a plastic thirty-dollar Holga. Each has a place alongside his digital cameras, each camera a tool to find the right look for the right moment. The May/June 2010 issue of American Photo did a ten-page story on Burnett, and his unique talent for staying ahead of the times. Reporters Without Borders has published David Burnett, 100 Photos for Freedom of the Press featuring a whole career’s worth of Burnett’s work. He has had fourteen solo exhibitions in the last three years alone, and has received the 1973 Robert Capa Gold Medal; “Magazine Photographer of the Year” from the National Press Photographers Association; the 1979 World Press Photo Premier Award; the 1984 Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot “Best Reporting from Abroad in Magazines and Books” Award; and a first prize from World Press Photo in 2005. His best-known books are Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley and 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World.

For a quick tour of the last fifty years in David Burnett’s pictures, and to see images from twenty separate projects, visit davidburnett.com.

Continuing Studies is fortunate to have David Burnett as a visitor to Stanford, and in addition to this public lecture and slide show, he will be leading a three-day on-campus workshop. For more details, please visit the WSP 73 course page.
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