David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than four decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of the New York based photojournalism agency Contact Press Images, now entering its 40th year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine, Burnett was named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography."
Burnett launched his career as an intern at Time magazine in 1967 before covering the Vietnam War for Life magazine. His work has brought him to more than 75 countries for publications including Time, Life, Fortune, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Sunday Magazine, and many others. He has been honored by awards including the Picture of the Year Competition and World Press Photo. David received the prestigious Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club in 1974. He has thrice been a juror in the prestigious World Press Photo contest in Amsterdam, chairing the board in both 1999 and 2011. In 2007 he taught at the World Press Photo Joop Swart MasterClass, leading ten emerging photographers in their quest for new direction.
He is the author of E-motion: The Spirit of Sport (1997); Soul Rebel, An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley (2009); 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World with an introduction by Christiane Amanpour (2010); and more recently of L’Homme Sans Gravité (2015).