Posts Tagged ‘David Burnett’

A Retrospective Journey with David Burnett

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

David Burnett (USA) is a photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images, with over four decades of experience covering the news, history and the people in over 70 countries. Listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography, Burnett has spent the last three decades travelling extensively, working for most of the major magazines in the United States and Europe, documenting war, sport, politics, the famous, infamous and unfamous.

In this Australian exclusive talk, David Burnett will talk about the highlights, challenges and changes in the world of photojournalism and documentary photography in relation to his own experiences; inviting open discussion on topics from the press and publishing and the management of photo agencies.


2pm – 6pm, Sunday 2 June 2013
Vivid Ideas Exchange, MCA Sydney

Tickets: $45

Book tickets here 

David Burnett ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The Reportage Team is proud to announce another of the featured exhibition at the 2013 Festival, The Australian Centre for Photography exclusively for the 2013 Reportage Festival  will be hosting an exhibition of David Burnett’s work on the American Presidents from June 1 to August 18, 2013.

David Burnett (USA) is a photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images, with over four decades of experience covering the news, history and people in over 70 countries. Burnett has been listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography.

Burnett is one of the few photographers to have photographed every US president since John F. Kennedy. ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’ exhibits Burnett’s intimate and rare photographs, which capture both the professional and personal moments shared by America’s presidents over the decades.

© David Burnett/Contact Press Images Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Regan with their interpreters at the Geneva

                                            Summit. Switzerland, November, 1985. 1985


Australian Centre for Photography

1 June – 18 August

Take Magazine Issue 3 – Reportage 2013 Festival Special Edition

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The Reportage Team is happy to reveal another of the projects that we have been working on heading into the launch of the 2013 Festival, Reportage has teamed together with TAKE Magazine to produce a special issue Reportage edition.

The issue edited by TAKE’s Andrew Johnstone together with Festival Director Stephen Dupont and Assistant Director Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario includes amazing work from photographers who will be showing their work at Reportage, either in exhibitions or during the Reportage Festival projections…

Artists include: Adam Ferguson, Alex Webb, Antonio Zambardino, Arien Chang Castan, Claire Martin, David Burnett, Ed Giles, Finnbar O’Reilly, Francesco Zizola, Giovanni Cocco, Hannah Rose Robinson, Jack Picone, Leysis Quesada Vera, Raphaela Rosella, Raul Cañibano Ercilla, Rebecca Norris Webb, Simona Ghizzoni, Tamara Dean and Yuri Kozyrev.

TAKE Magazine is a very special publication dedicated to documentary photography and photojournalism published by the guys who produced Empty Magazine and the creators of Semi-Permanent and Design is Kinky based in Sydney, Australia.

With many magazines disappearing into the digital realm, Reportage and all the artists inside show support duly for the Festival and for the survival of printed publications.

The issue can be pre-ordered online but will also be available at Reportage Festival hubs and at Semi-Permanent on during Vivid Sydney; however due to the popularity of the Magazine and the limited number of copies don’t miss out and try and grab an issue beforehand.

Thanks to all the photographers and the crew at TAKE Magazine for making this special issue edition happen.

To pre-order this issue of TAKE Magazine visit the website.

Cover Image by David Burnett from his work ’44 Days:  Iran and the Remaking of the World’

David Burnett

Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Reportage Team would like to officially announce world-renowned American photojournalist and co-founder of the New York agency Contact Press Images photographer David Burnett as one of Reportage Festival’s international guests in 2013. Burnett who has been listed by American Photo as one of the 100 most important people in photography, is renowned for his work from the Iranian revolution amongst other projects from his extensive collection. David will open two inaugural exhibitions of his work in Australia for the 2013 Reportage Festival, ‘Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley’ at The Blender Gallery from May 23 to June 22, 2013 and ‘The Presidents: From JFK to Obama’ at The Australian Centre for Photography from June 1 until August 18, 2013.

David will be also be holding talks and seminars during the Festival. More information and program details to be released in the weeks to come!

The following work is a selection from Burnett’s work in Iran ’44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World’ with a selection of David’s work on Bob Marley featuring a portrait of Peter Tosh.


David Burnett – 44 Days:  Iran and the Remaking of the World

“When I arrived in Tehran on Christmas 1978, I suspected there might be a story lurking under the surface. I’d heard on BBC radio  reports of civil unrest, protests against the Shah, and thought that it was worth exploring.  I had no idea that I was walking into a tempest which became the beginning of the Islamic revolutions throughout the Middle East.   Twenty five years of the the Shah’s rule had, in the end, created a gap between the social and religious classes which was now unfolding on the Tehran streets.  Protests were huge (sometimes a million people), gunfire was often present, and the politization of of the demonstrations and funerals began to rock the city.  It was a time before the internet, before cell phones, before computers.  Finding out  what was happening just blocks away was challenging, yet somehow we in the press managed to get to where news was breaking.  We shipped our film out of the country by the good will of departing airline passengers.  We sometimes had to listen to our short wave radios to find out what was  going on just a few minutes’ walk away.  It was one of the last big “old journalism” stories.  There was no telling in the morning what that day would bring, and the most important thing we could do as the eyes of the world was to show up, and document what we saw.   I shot the Iranian Revolution on Kodachrome and Tri-x :  the simplest tools available to a photographer.   Photography remains the single greatest force for story telling, and the days of the Revolution in Iran, the departure of the Shah, the return of Ayatollah Khomeini,  remind us once more of the simple, direct power of the photograph.”

– David Burnett


The Reportage Team

Reportage Festival Date Change March 2013

Monday, August 6th, 2012


                                                      China’s Fu Mingxia wins the gold in diving at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Barcelona, Spain, August 1992.

© David BURNETT / CONTACT Press Images


August, 2012

R E P O R T A G E  F E S T I V A L  2 0 13!

The Creative team at Reportage has been quiet for the last month or so, as meetings and programming have been underway… As the accumulation of exciting content for the Festival has increased and the overall planning grown, it became a matter of debate to decide if the Festival would go ahead for the end of year 2012 or that we would push it forward to the beginning of 2013 to lay room to include all that we are programming for its content.

As of last week it was decided; The Reportage Festival will no longer be held in 2012… we have confirmed dates for March 2013 and we can safely say that it will be worth the wait… we have a selection of the world’s most prominent photographers presenting at the festival for 2013 as well as some amazing headlining exhibitions. We will also be announcing soon a new project related to Reportage submissions which will give emerging documentary photographers the opportunity to be involved in the festival and recommended for their outstanding work.

As of in the past, The 2013 Reportage Festival will be conducting various masterclasses throughout the festival period with world renowned photographers… Just wait until we announce who will be onboard for this year!

Other masterclasses will be initiated also that relate to the art of narration in documentary photography and the development of master photographers.

Reportage visitors will also have the opportunity to meet and visit talks with special guest photographers and documentary focused industry people that will be in Australia for the duration of the festival.

For the first time Reportage 2013 will see the collaboration of renowned International Photography Festivals with the Sydney based festival, leading to an air of celebration and festivity not limited to Australia but shared on an International level,

And of course not to forget… the two nights of projections, highlighting the outstanding documentary work of International and Australian photographers…

We at Reportage are very excited about the next festival and are looking forward, over the course of the following months, to begin releasing in detail the outlined content for the 2013 event.

Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for further announcements; we will also be sending out a newsletter soon outlining the 2013 event; those not subscribed to our newsletter can do so via the website.

We will be in touch soon!


The Reportage Team

Many thanks to our existing sponsors and our new sponsors coming aboard for the 2013 festival, also many thanks to our principle and continuing principle sponsor of the Reportage Festival CANON AUSTRALIA


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