David Griffin

Director of photography, National Geographic
As director of photography for National Geographic, David Griffin works with some of the most powerful photographs the world has ever seen.

Why you should listen

David Griffin has one of the world's true dream jobs: He's the director of photography for National Geographic magazine. He works with photo editors and photographers to set the visual direction of the magazine -- which in turn raises the bar for photographers around the world.

Griffin offers an intriguing look into the magazine's creative process on his blog, Editor's Pick, where he talks about how the magazine uses its extraordinary photos to tell compelling stories.

What others say

“Photojournalists of David Griffin's quality come along perhaps once a generation.” — Dennis Dimick, executive editor, National Geographic

David Griffin’s TED talk

David Griffin on the TED Blog

How photography connects us to the world: David Griffin on TED.com

August 19, 2008

The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about using photos to tell our stories. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 14:59) Watch David Griffin’s 2008 talk on TED.com, where you can download this […]

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TED2008: What Stirs Us?

February 29, 2008

(Unedited running notes from the TED2008 conference in Monterey, California. Session ten.) Anthropologist Helen Fisher studies romantic love — its evolution, its biochemical foundations, and its importance to human society. She gave a talk at TED2006 (watch the video). Her current research is on why we fall in love and how.In the jungle of Guatemala, […]

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