Dirck Halstead - The Digital Journalist, Time
Dirck Halstead is an American photojournalist. He is editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist, an online photojournalism magazine.
Time designated Halstead as their Senior White House Photographer. In 1972 he accepted a contract with them which lasted for the next 29 years. Halstead was one of the six photographers who accompanied Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972. His photographs have appeared on 47 Time covers, more than any other photographer. During this period he also worked as a “Special Photographer” on films to produce photographs used in advertising materials for the major commercial studios. The films he worked on included Goodfellas, Memphis Belle, Shaft, Black Rain, Dragon, Dune, Conan the Barbarian series, Greystoke, and Cliffhanger.
Halstead is a senior fellow in photojournalism at the Center For American History at the University of Texas at Austin, which holds his photographic archive.
He has won the National Press Photographers Association Picture of the Year award twice, the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his coverage of the fall of Saigon, and two Eisies. In 2002 he received the lifetime achievement award from the White House News Photographers Association, and in 2004 he won the Joseph A. Sprague Award for lifetime achievement and service to photojournalism. The Missouri Honor Medal from the University of Missouri School of Journalism was given to Halstead in 2007 for superior achievement in journalism.
His book Moments in Time: Photos and Stories from One of America’s Top Photojournalists, was published in 2006.
The archive of Halstead’s works is located at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.