Celebrated photographer brings exhibit to UGA

Celebrated photographer brings exhibit to UGA

Athens, Ga. – Acclaimed photographer David Burnett is bringing his traveling show, Measures of Time, to the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel where it is on exhibit during the month of April. He also will deliver a lecture in the Georgia Center’s Masters Hall on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Both the lecture and a reception following the lecture are free and open to the public.

Burnett has been one of the leading international photojournalists over the last three decades, having worked for Time and Life magazines, as well as ESPN magazine and Fortune. He is also a founder of Contact Press Images, one of the most respected photo agencies in the world.

“David Burnett has been witness to a lot of history and many of his images are icons in the industry,” said Mark E. Johnson, photojournalism lecturer at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “He’s done everything from the Iran hostage crisis to the Olympics (including the photo of Mary Decker watching from the ground as the pack runs away from her at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics). He was in National Geographic last year with a stunning set of photos illustrating the Hurricane Katrina damage.”

Burnett has been photographing the world for more than 35 years. He graduated from Colorado College in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and began working as a freelancer for Time, then Life magazine, at first in Washington D.C. and Miami, and later in South Vietnam. 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.

He has worked 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.

Burnett continues working around the world, having traveled to more than 75 countries, producing photographic essays as well as working on major advertising campaigns, including Union Bank of Switzerland, Kodak, Rolex, Merck and the U.S. Army.

American Photographer magazine said of Burnett, “He’s been everywhere, but only for an hour.” To view some of Burnett’s dramatic images, see his Web site at http://www.davidburnett.com/.

Among his many awards are 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.

Burnett’s visit and his month-long photo exhibition are being sponsored by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of History, and Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers seven undergraduate majors including advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and telecommunication arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, visit http://www.grady.uga.edu/.