Dan Habib Biography
In October of 1992 photojournalist Dan Habib left the Concord Monitor newspaper after four and a half years to pursue freelance documentary and magazine photojournalism as a member of the Impact Visuals photojournalism cooperative. At the Monitor, Habib, now 30, photographed (and often wrote) dozens of documentary stories, including essays on a man living with AIDS, Jamaican migrant workers, the struggles of a single father, a home birth and a day in the life of Bill Clinton's New Hampshire Primary campaign.
His work for the Monitor won many regional and national awards. For four consecutive years he was named "Photojournalist of the Year" by the New Hampshire Photojournalists Association.
Habib, a University of Michigan graduate, has been profiled in Photo District News magazine and his work has appeared in national and international publications including Fortune, Business Week, Life, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, People, and Esquire.
Habib's major, ongoing project is "Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion." During 1994-95 he documented the lives of eight young people, through photographs and interviews. He combined the photos and recorded voices into a seven projector, computer synchronized presentation. In May and June of 1995, the presentation was presented to over 2000 people at free public screenings throughout New Hampshire. Habib will bring the presentation to schools throughout New England in 1995-96 and convert the show to video for wider distribution. American Photo magazine featured this project in its March, 1994 issue, and Mother Jones, Scholastic Choices and Michigan Today magazines recently published cover stories featuring this work. On May 21, 1995 the Concord Monitor published a 16 page special section containing 52 color photographs and extensive text from the project.
This recent work grew out of Habib's 1992 documentary of a Concord, NH, health education class. In September of 1993, the Concord Monitor published his four-part photo and writing series, "Sex Education/Teen Realities." The series focused on a health class in Concord, New Hampshire, that discussed sexuality frankly and extensively, and the lives of the students outside the class. The series won a "Maggie" award, the top journalism honor from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as first place awards for education reporting, community journalism, photojournalism and public service from state and regional press and education associations.
In August of 1995, Habib returned to the Monitor as photo editor, where he now directs a staff of three photographers and an intern, and also continues to photograph.
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