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Photojournalism: Dirck Halstead

At age 17, Dirck Halstead was most likely the youngest photographer covering the 1954 Guatemalan coup. This Life magazine assignment set him on the path to photojournalism, and he never looked back. In 1965, Halstead became UPI's first photo bureau chief in Saigon during the Vietnam War. After returning stateside in 1966, he went to work for Time magazine — eventually becoming the senior White House photographer (covering presidents from Nixon to Clinton) and contributing a record 51 cover photographs. These days, he's a freelance magazine and advertising photographer and documentary videomaker.

Not content to merely take the pictures, Halstead is editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist, the online photojournalism magazine. He's also director of the Platypus Workshops, which has trained more than 250 photojournalists in the language of television news. Halstead also teaches a course in visual journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and is a Fellow at the Center for American History.

Award-winning photojournalist Halstead donated his archive of 500,000 images to the Briscoe Center, which includes black and white and color prints, negatives, transparencies, internegatives, slides, and manuscript materials. The archive also includes a database including over 3,000 text listings of assignments that Halstead photographed during his career, and 1,000 images scanned from his archive linked to these assignments.

Finding aid for the Dirck Halstead Photographic Archive
Dirck Halstead Gallery
Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)


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