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Photojournalism: Steve Northup

Steve Northup and President Nixon Steve Northup and Richard Nixon
photo by White House photographer

Steve Northup grew up in New Mexico and worked on a newspaper while still in high school. His photographic career began in 1962 when he joined United Press International in San Francisco and continued to work with them in Miami and Saigon. He covered the Vietnam War in 1965 and 1966. He then joined the Washington Post for five years before moving on to Time magazine, where he was on staff for twenty years. He was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 1974 and has published three books: Southwestern Indian Jewelry, Naga Cities of the Mekong: A Guide to the Temples, Legends and History of Laos, and Festivals of Laos.

A trustee of the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation, Northup teaches photojournalism at workshops in Vietnam. After roaming the world, Steve returned to his roots in New Mexico and now lives with his family in Santa Fe. His personal work is photographing the indigenous cultures of the southwestern United States and Guatemala.

Northup donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2012.

Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)
Finding aid for the Steve Northup Photographic Archive