Contact Press Images, the international picture agency, was co-founded in
New York in 1976 by French-British journalist and editor Robert Pledge and
American photojournalist David Burnett. The purpose of the agency was to
facilitate the independent production of in-depth and documentary essays,
and to develop a humanist photography attuned to major international
issues and social currents.
Contact, which in its early years trained its collective lens on the
little-known disease, Aids, has long specialized in long-term projects --
political, religious and human rights issues -- that often take
photographers years to complete, bringing together men and women of
diverse backgrounds and nationalities, the key to its singularity and
strength. The agency has conceived and produced exhibitions, monographs,
catalogs, and many individual and collective works.
Jane Evelyn Atwood
Liu Heung Shing
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Contact photographers at the Pingyao show in 2006, clockwise top left; Lori Grinker, Kenneth Jarecke, Alexandra Avakian, Nadia Benchallal, Charles Ommanney, Stephen Dupont, Yunghi Kim, Edward Keating, Sean Hemmerle, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Frank Fournier, Nick Danziger, Kristen Ashburn, David Burnett.