David Burnett

David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than 5 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of Contact Press Images,the New York based photojournalism agency, now entering its 40th year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography." (That made his mom very happy.) In a world gone mad over digital photography, his kit includes a 60 year old Speed Graphic press camera, and a plastic $30 HOLGA. Each has a place along side his digital cameras, each camera a tool to find the right look for the right moment.

A Man Without Gravity


Dimensions: (1) 50×50cm & 50×60cm (2) 50×100cm (3) 75×100cm (4) 75×150cm (5) 100×150cm

Edition: (1) 25 (2) 20 (3) 20 (4) 10 (5) 10




Artist's Bio

David Burnett (b. 1946, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)

Graduated in Political Science from Colorado College, Colorado, USA, in 1968

·the launch of Apollo 11 that put the first men on the Moon in 1969
·the American War in Vietnam (1970/1972)
·the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971
(Last photographer taken under contract by Life in 1972 before the magazine closed, and joined photographer Raymond Depardon at the French Gamma Agency)
·the military coup in Chile in 1973
·the Revolution of the Ayatollahs in Iran in 1979
·the famine in Ethiopia in 1984
·the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

·the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1973
·the World Press Photo Premier award in 1979
·the Philippe Halsman Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers(ASMP) in 1986
·received the award for ‘Best Reporting from Abroad in Magazines and Books’ from the Overseas Press Club of America on three occasions (1980, 1985, 2010)

He has photographed very Summer Olympics since the Los Angeles Games in 1984, including Beijing in 2008 for China Daily’s special Olympian supplement, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016His iconic photograph of the fall of American runner Mary Decker in 1984 continues to be published around the world and is recognized as one of the XXth century’s greatest sport photographs by both Sports Illustrated (USA) and L’Equipe Magazine (France). It has also been selected as one of the 100 most important images of that century Published L’homme sans gravité (Man without Gravity) in France (Marabout-Hachette) in 2015, and the updated Chinese language edition of the same book (China Nationality Art Photography Publishing House, Beijing) in September 2016 The co-founder with Robert Pledge of the highly regarded “boutique“ agency Contact Press Images in New York City, in 1976.