Since "Life" magazine equipped him with a camera at the age of 17 to cover the Guatemalan Civil War in 1954, Dirck Halstead has been at the frontlines of American photojournalism. After a 15-year stint with UPI during which he covered the Vietnam War, he was "Time" magazine's White House photographer for nearly three decades, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton's first term and he spearheaded what has become known as the Platypus Movement, which encourages still photographers to explore video journalism and bridges the gap between print and television. "Moments in Time" includes the most powerful photographs of Halstead's fifty-year career, during which he has contributed more cover images to "Time" than any other photographer.
Dirck Halstead's photos have won every major prize in the industry, including the Robert Capa gold medal and two Eisies. In 2005, he was awarded the Joseph Sprague Award by the National Press Photographers Association for lifetime achievement and service. He is currently a senior fellow in photojournalism at the Center for American History at the University of Texas and he runs the award-winning webzine The Digital Journalist. Dirck lives in Austin, Texas.