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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Friend  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1955 in Chicago, Illinois

-- David Friend on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Amherst College. He attended Highland Park High School in Illinois and is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Friend is a publishing executive, correspondent, curator, writer, editor, and poet. He is Vanity Fair's editor of creative development and lives in New Rochelle, New York. As a correspondent, he has covered conflicts in many parts of the world like Afghanistan and Lebanon. As an editor, Friend broke the “Deep Throat” story in 2005, revealing that Mark Felt was Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s secret Watergate source. As a writer, he has contributed frequently to ''Vanity Fair'', ''American Photo'', and The Digital Journalist Web site. His humorous articles and cartoons have appeared in ''The Washington Post'', ''Discover'', ''The Common Review'' and ''''. His poetry has appeared in ''The New Yorker''. He has edited ''The Meaning of Life'' and ''More Reflections on the Meaning of Life''. With Graydon Carter, Friend edited Vanity Fair's ''Hollywood'', ''Oscar Night'' and ''Vanity Fair, The Portraits''. As a curator, he has mounted exhibitions for the International Center of Photography, the United Nations and the Newseum as well as other venues. Friend created the Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography under the auspices of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, coordinators of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Baseball, Football, Daddy and Me (Picture Puffins Series)
ISBN: 0140509143

Puffin Books. 1992

A little boy and his father enjoy a full assortment of sporting events together

Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11
ISBN: 0312426763

Picador. 2007

A Chicago Tribune Best Book of theYear

The attack on the World Trade Center was the most watched event in human history. And the footage seen of that day came not only from TV cameras, but also from workers, tourists, and passersby, each of whose lives would change dramatically when confronted with the sight of the attacks.

David Friend has uncovered the stories behind those images--from the street-level shots of the north tower crumbling to firefighters raising the American flag over the rubble. In Watching the World Change, he traces the images back to their sources and charts their impact over the next seven days. That week was the beginning of a digital age, a moment when all the advances in television, photography, and the Web converged on a single event. A brilliant chronicle of how we process disaster.

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