David Burnett was born in 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Early in his career he became the last photojournalist to cover the American war in Vietnam for Life magazine.

He has since worked in over 80 countries, documenting the coup in Chile (1973), revolution in Iran (1979), famine in Ethiopia (1984), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the US military intervention in Haiti (1994). A co-founder of Contact Press Images in 1976 with Robert Pledge, he is the winner of the 1973 Robert Capa Gold Medal, the 1979 World Press Photo Premier Award, the Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot “Best Reporting from Abroad in Magazines and Books” Award in 1984, and a first prize in the World Press Photo in 2005. David served as a WPP juror in 1997 and President of its jury in 1999. He taught the WPP Masterclass in 2007.

He is based in Washington, D.C. and New York City


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David Burnett, Tehran, February 1979 © Olivier Rebbot

David Burnett, New York, 2006 © Jiang Rong


Robert Pledge began his career in journalism reporting on African affairs. He co-founded Contact Press Images in New York in 1976. Since then he has curated critically acclaimed photographic exhibitions throughout the world and produced major books, including 2003’s Red-Color News Soldier, for which he received the Overseas Press Club of America’s Olivier Rebbot Award.

Jacques Menasche began his career in journalism as a clerk at the New York Times and has since reported on culture and conflict from around the world. He is the author with Robert Pledge and Li Zhensheng of Red-Color News Soldier. His 2006 television report on heroin addiction in Afghanistan, “The Brothers of Kabul,” received Australia’s Walkley Award.

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