David Burnett has always been something of a rarity amongst photojournalists, unafraid of radically varying his way of seeing and photographing as the subject matter demands in order for a great story to be told.
His avoidance of cliché and technical perfection at the expense of that story is refreshing. There is no one single archetypal David Burnett image – instead there is a range of them and he is always experimenting, learning and growing.
Mr Burnett’s willingness to try out new things may well be the product of a freelance way of life, always needing to produce something different from what the staffers and longterm contractors come up with.
Only one thing is predictable about his photographs, that they will be emotionally engaging and graphically precise, and that they will tell a story alone or in context.
That precision and engagement are revealed in conversation and doubtless in his teaching. Seize any chance you can to speak with him, listen to his insights and especially take part in one of his photography workshops like The Creative Eye with David Burnett, details below.