David Guttenfelder has spent all of his 18 years as a photojournalist working, and living, outside of his native United States.
He began his career as a freelance photographer in East Africa, after studying Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. As an Associated Press photographer, he has been based in, and worked across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He now lives in Tokyo, as AP’s chief Asia photographer. Guttenfelder is a seven-time World Press Photo award winner.