Photograph of photojournalist Dirck Halstead with others from the Vietnam press corps on a Marine helicopter during the fall of Saigon, April 1975.
By Matthew Naythons.
Upon his passing on March 25, 2022, award-winning photojournalist Dirck Halstead was honored with tributes to his life and career in the international news media, the likes of which are normally reserved for heads of state. He was beloved by the journalism community as much for his insight, charm, and friendship as his ability to get the shot. His work documented powerful stories and images that not only delivered important news to the public, but also recorded history. In 1995, Dirck donated his life’s work to the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, where it is available for teaching and research. The Dirck Halstead Photography Archive is a major part of the Briscoe Center’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Collection.
To learn more about Dirck’s life and career, visit In Memoriam: Dirck Halstead.
HIS LAST WISH: THE DIRCK HALSTEAD INTERNSHIP IN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES
In celebration of a remarkable man who was generous with his support of both student and professional photojournalists, the Briscoe Center seeks to honor Dirck’s last wish by establishing an internship in his name. But we need the help of his friends, colleagues, and students to do so.
The Dirck Halstead Internship will:
· expose interns to moments of history captured by a photographer’s lens.
· expand the understanding of photography as historical evidence.
· introduce interns to the practice of photographic archives management.
· help interns gain important pre-professional experience.
· and assist the Briscoe Center with preservation and access to the collections of photojournalists whose work is also at the center, many who were Dirck’s professional colleagues.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Dirck Halstead during Platypus Workshop.
Photo courtesy of PF Bentley.
You can honor Dirck by contributing a gift today
, at a level that is personally meaningful, towards the $100,000 needed to endow the Dirck Halstead Internship in Photographic Archives.
You can also help honor Dirck by forwarding, posting, and sharing information about the internship with others who may wish to honor Dirck as well.
For assistance making a gift of appreciated stock, an IRA charitable gift transfer, or a grant from your family foundation or donor-advised fund (DAF), please contact Lisa Avra, Briscoe Center Chief Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-731-2704.
All gifts to the Dirck Halstead Internship in Photographic Archives are considered charitable contributions to The University of Texas at Austin and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.