Val Mazzenga‘s career is one of the most storied in American photojournalism. His photographs have won more than 200 awards, including five Beck Awards, The Chicago Tribune’s highest accolade. Val Mazzenga may be the most honored photographer in Tribune history. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times.
Val Mazzenga has covered major breaking stories on just about every continent on the planet. His work has been exhibited nationwide, including a recent exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Among his assignments: the mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana; the Afghan Resistance fighters in Pakistan; Starvation in Africa; the Sihk revolt in India; the 20th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon; and Refugee Camps in Southeast Asia.
Mazzenga has done prize winning photo essays on the late Mother Teresa; the late President Nixon; and Michael Jordan. He has photographed the Amazon; Machu Pichu, the Lost City of the Incas; the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro; and life among Bangkok’s Klong waterways.
Val Mazzenga is an ongoing visiting lecturer at the School of Journalism at a prominent midwestern university.