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February 8, 2019 7:00PM
Paramount Presents: National Geographic Live!

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February 8, 2019 7:00PM


Paramount Theater


Paramount Presents: National Geographic Live - David Guttenfelder, A Rare Look, North Korea to Cuba


"The price of admission of this amazing life is that you've got to go all the way, and come back and explain to the world what you saw. It's not a vacation." - David Guttenfelder


For more than 20 years, National Geographic Photojournalist David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.

BIOGRAPHY: David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic Society Fellow concentrating on global geopolitical and conservation issues.

He has spent his entire career as a photojournalist working, and living outside of his native USA. He began as a freelancer in East Africa after completing his studies in Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Guttenfelder spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo covering news in more than 75 countries around the world.

In 2011, he helped the AP open a bureau in North Korea, the first western news agency to have an office in the otherwise-isolated country. Guttenfelder has made more than 40 trips to North Korea.

Guttenfelder is a seven-time World Press Photo Award winner. He is the 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism and a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America John Faber, Olivier Rebbot, & Feature Photography awards. Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA have named him Photojournalist of the Year. He was short listed for the National Magazine Award for public interest in 2014. He is a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Guttenfelder had been an industry leader in smartphone photography and social media. He was named 2014 Instagram photographer of the year by TIME magazine, received the Shorty Award for online photography, and the 2013 the Online Journalism Award. His North Korea mobile phone photography was featured at the 2014 Cortona Photo Festival in Tuscany.He was part of the panel lecture, "Instagraming the News", at the 2014 SXSW digital conference. He is the founder of the Instagram collectives @everydayUSA and @everydayDPRK.

He has exhibited his photography at Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France; The Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; “El Valor del Momento” in Havana, Cubaand Spain’s Encuento International de Foto Periodismo where he won the “Cuidad de Gijon” International Journalism Prize.His work from the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was part of “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and It’s Aftermath” at the Museum of FineArts, Houston.

Born in the U.S. state of Iowa, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, African Studies and Journalism.

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