Meet the Artisan
David Burnett says he feels as if he never had to grow up. He began shooting pictures for the yearbook in high school in his hometown of Salt Lake City. While in college, he started working for TIME Magazine and for 50 years has had a great time documenting his world, the 20th and 21st centuries. His work has mainly been published in weekly and monthly magazines.
"It’s amazing to see how camera technology has advanced at such an amazing pace. I witnessed the launch of Apollo XI (the first moon landing mission) in 1969. These 50 years in many ways bookend so much of my work and how I see my role as a photojournalist. Back then it was with basic 35mm reflex cameras (no motors, no meters – everything manual) and now today, the ability to take great pictures has arrived with the astonishing advances in camera technology. But the thing that hasn’t changed is seeing. You still have to see. No matter what camera you use to try to capture what you see, the seeing itself remains the key. And looking, seeing, regarding that ever-changing world around me, is what keeps me interested and excited about photography."
We have an amazing gift: to witness the world as it is, in our time. What could be more important?