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After four years in Washington, D.C., I have relocated to Los Angeles, which was my home for 20 years. While I am still greatly interested in politics, it's great to be back in the West, and I'm enjoying a diverse range of new subjects here.
From 2017-2021, I was based in Washington, D.C., doing primarily political assignments at the White House and US Capitol for TIME, CNN, Politico, NBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and other clients.
My work there also included diplomatic events, conferences and portraiture for various corporate and non-profit organizations.
David Butow is a freelance photojournalist whose projects and assignments have taken him to over two dozen countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq, Peru, Yemen and Zimbabwe. His work in covering politics in Washington, D.C. resulted in the monograph BRINK, published in late 2021 by Punctum Press.
Born in New York and raised in Dallas, he has a degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. After college he moved to Los Angeles and worked in newspapers before beginning a freelance career for magazines in the 1990's.
From the mid-90's through the late-2000's he worked as a contract photographer for US News and World Report magazine covering social issues and news events such as post- 9/11 in New York, the Palestinian/Israeli Intifada, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the death of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
More recently, his photographs of events such as the China earthquake in 2008, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Hong Kong protests of 2019 and various projects in the U.S. have won awards from Pictures of the Year International, Photo District News, American Photography and others.
David's photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions including the Asia Society NY, the United Nations NY and Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan, France. They have also appeared in books and magazines worldwide including National Geographic, Time, GEO, Stern, Vogue Italia, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Paris Match.
His body of work also includes several projects on education for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, personal work on the Uighur's of China, and principal photography for the National Geographic Traveller book Shanghai.
World Press Photo
Pictures of the Year International
Photo District News
National Press Photographers Association
White House News Photographers Association
American Photography Annual
Society of Professional Journalists
Association of Alternative Weeklies
University of Southern California
Otis Center of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Annenberg Space for Photography