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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 70 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.

A veteran journalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama (1963-2015). He has covered every summer Olympics Games from 1984 to 2012 and is the author of E-motion: The Spirit of Sport (Grazia Neri, 1996). In 2006 he produced a 26-page essay on the traces of Hurricane Katrina for the National Geographic magazine. In March 2007, his story on Orlando appeared in National Geographic. During the 70s David was a contract photographer for Time magazine, a role he has reprised since 2003. In February 2009, commemorating Bob Marley's 64th birthday, David published "Soul Rebel:An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley" (Insight Editions, 2009); a companion show opened to acclaimed reviews at Washington, DC's Govinda Gallery. His book on the Iranian Revolution "44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World" (NG/FocalPoint, 2009) was published in September 2009. He is based in the New York area

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