Eli Reed

Title: Professor, Photojournalist and Filmmaker
Company: The University of Texas at Austin and Magnum Photos, Inc.
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Eli Reed, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Photojournalist and Filmmaker at Magnum Photos Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and the visual arts.

Interested in the arts from a formative age, Mr. Reed graduated from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts with an associate’s degree in pictorial illustration and design in 1969. Upon realizing that he wanted to delve into photography as a career, he worked 20 hours per day, during which time his days were spent perfecting his photography and his nights at the hospital. Remaining in this position for six years, he discovered the importance of having a fiery passion within oneself and, in order to be successful, one has to work diligently toward their goals. From 1977 to 1978, Mr. Reed served as a staff photographer for the Middletown Times Herald Record and, for the following two years, he was a photographer for the Detroit News.

As his career progressed, Mr. Reed served as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner from 1980 to 1983 and a contributing photographer for the Washington Post Sunday Magazine between 1985 and 1990. During this time, he joined Magnum Photos Inc. in 1983, where he remains active today. Serving the company as a photojournalist and filmmaker, Mr. Reed has concurrently excelled at the University of Texas at Austin as a professor since 2015.

Notably, Mr. Reed’s first photography assignment was for Vogue Magazine, where he continues to submit his work. In addition, he was the first African American to join Magnum Photos. In all of these roles, he emphasizes the importance of self-expression and, in 2015, he authored “A Long Walk Home,” which won numerous accolades for its introspective discussion on what it means to be human. Additionally, Mr. Reed has been recognized at several events in Southern France for his photography and has displayed his work at various exhibitions.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Reed intends to author an autobiography about his photography and academic ventures, as well as direct a major motion picture from an original script he has written about humankind. He has received the POYI World Understanding Award in light of his successes in the field.

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