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Eli Reed

Eli Reed (b. 1946) was born in the US and studied pictorial illustration at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. In 1982 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. At Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he studied political science, urban affairs, and the prospects for peace in Central America. He began photographing as a freelancer in 1970. In 1988, Reed photographed the effects of poverty for the film documentary, America’s Children: The Poorest in the Land of Plenty.

Reed's reports include a long-term study on Beirut, which became his first book Beirut: City of Regrets (1988), the ousting of Baby Doc Duvalier in Haiti, US military action in Panama, the Walled City in Hong Kong, and his documentation of African-American experience over twenty years, Black in America (1997). Reed has lectured and taught at the International Center of Photography, Columbia University, New York University, Harvard University, and currently the University of Texas in Austin. His most recent book is, Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home (2015).

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