David Burnett  (Keynote Speaker)


David Burnett learned photography in high school, and later shot pictures—mostly sports—for his college yearbook (Colorado College, BA Poli Sci ’68.) He began working as a free-lancer for Time, and later LIFE magazine in the late 1960s, spending two years covering the war in Vietnam. Following the demise of LIFE in 1972, he joined the French photo agency Gamma and traveled the world for them before subsequently founding the photo agency Contact Press Images in 1975. His work for newsmagazines in Europe and the US has included politics, sports, and portraiture. He has covered every Summer Olympic Games since 1984, as well as the 2002, 2014, and 2018 Winter Games, and photographed every American President since John F Kennedy. He has produced photographic essays for Time, Fortune, GEO, Paris-Match and ESPN Magazine.  

David’s awards include 'Magazine Photographer of the Year' from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the 'World Press Photo of the Year', and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club. He served on the World Press Photo Jury in 1997, 1999, and chaired the Jury in 2011. In 2018 he was awarded the Sprague Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Press Photographers Association. He is the author of three photographic books: Soul Rebel – An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley; 44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World (pictures taken during the 1979 Iranian Revolution); and the recently published l’Homme Sans Gravité (Man Without Gravity), a collection of five decades of sports pictures.