John Isaac has had a distinguished photography career, including twenty years with the United Nations in the Department of Public Information. During that time, John traveled to more than one hundred countries, photographing the struggles of our changing world including the war in Lebanon, the famine in Ethiopia, the Vietnamese boat people and the first Gulf War.
Throughout his career, John has received numerous national and international awards, including Best Outdoor Photograph of the Year from Graphis magazine in 1991, the 1993 Professional Photographer of the Year by the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 from the International Photographic Council. In 1991 the legendary Audrey Hepburn chose for American Photo magazine one of John's photographs of herself with an Ethiopian child as one of her all time favorites.
John has authored many books, including a series of four books called "Children in Crisis." Through this series, John gives a first-hand account of the daily lives of children and their families in troubled regions around the world. He co-authored "Endangered Peoples" for the Sierra Club and "Coorg, Land of the Kodavas" with his wife Jeannette. Currently he is finishing up a book on the land and people of Kashmir, to be published in 2008 by W.W. Norton.
John first used Olympus digital cameras in 2000 when he traveled back to his native India to photograph tigers. Since then he has photographed digitally in such places as Iceland for Adobe, Maine and the American Southwest and has participated in the Day in the Life of Africa project; seven of his images were included in the book, which was published in the U.S. in October 2002.
John has moved over to digital photography, shooting exclusively with Olympus digital cameras. See the article about him in the October 2006 Outdoor Photographer magazine entitled "Printing Tips From a Master". He is also a very popular workshop leader.
Here is a video where John discusses his time with the UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG8UzB1wov0