Reed began photographing as a freelancer in 1970,
became a contributing photographer for the
Sunday Magazine in the mid -1980s. Reed attracted the
attention of Magnum in the fall of 1982 with his
work from El
Salvador, Guatemala and other Central American
He was nominated to the agency the following
became a full member in 1988.
That same year, Reed
photographed the effects of poverty for an essay
the emotional core of a film documentary on America’s
children called Poorest in the Land of Plenty,
Maya Angelou. He went on to work as a stills and
photographer for major motion pictures, working
Robert Altman and John Singleton, among others.
has completed editorial assignments for National
LIFE, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, People,
George, The Times and many others. He has lectured and
taught at the International Center of Photography,
University, New York University and Harvard
Currently, Reed works as Clinical Professor of
Photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin.