Jun 8, 2005

Which Camera Does This Pro Use? It Depends on the Shot

Source: New York Times
Written By Seth Schiesel

DAVID BURNETT spent the dog days of 1963 prowling the drag strips of Salt Lake City with his Yashica-Mat while he waited for his senior year at Olympus High School. He has been taking pictures for money ever since.

So with four decades of war, sports and politics at hand, it was easy for Mr. Burnett, one of his generation’s top photojournalists, to engage the dozens of photo experts who packed the back room of a Manhattan restaurant last month for one of his guided slideshows.

Yet through the first 20 minutes of Mr. Burnett’s presentation, the cognoscenti seemed less deeply moved by his work and more entertained by his banter (“These are some of the farmers,” he said drolly about a picture of Secret Service agents in a pasture during the 1988 campaign).

With one transition on the screen, that changed. In an instant, the chatter stopped, replaced by gasps and a collective groan of appreciation.

Mr. Burnett was explaining why in this age of ever more plentiful megapixels, at this moment when the concept of “film” seems as old-fashioned as a rotary telephone, he has spent most of the last two years lugging around a 55-year-old 4-by-5-inch Graflex Speed Graphic camera, complete with tripod.

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The Washington Post also has an article about David Burnett written by Frank Van Riper.

About David Burnett
From a bio on American Photo’s Mentor List

David Burnett has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He graduated from Colorado College in 1968 (B.A. Political Science) and began working as a free lancer for Time, and later Life magazine, at first in Washington DC and Miami, and later in South Viet Nam. After two years in Vietnam, and the demise of Life weekly, he joined the French photo agency Gamma, traveling the world for their news department for two years.

In 1975 he co-founded Contact Press Images, in New York, and for the the last three decades, he has traveled extensively, working for most of the major photographic and general interest magazines in the U.S. and Europe. His work encompasses News, Feature, and People pictures, as well as landscapes and scenics. He is known as someone who can, no matter how challenging the assignment, return with ‘The Picture.’

His 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 Award from the Overseas Press Club, to name but a few.

He continues working around the world, having traveled to more than 75 countries, producing photographic essays for Time, Fortune, ESPN Magazine, and many others as well as working on major Advertising campaigns, including ‘Union Bank of Switzerland’, Kodak, Rolex, Merck, and the U.S. Army.

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