Reed is a photojournalist and the first full-time photographer employed by the Magnum Agency. His work has ranged from covering wars and political upheavals in Lebanon, Zaire, Haiti and Panama to covering the Million Man March in the States. For his documentary work, he was a runner-up for the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. Reed has also won numerous awards, including the 1992 W. Eugene Smith Grant, 1981 Mark Twain Associated Press Award and others.
Willis is a contemporary photographer who is also the department chair of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. In addition to being a photographer, she is a historian, author and MacArthur Fellow. Willis has written many books on the Black experience, including Posing Beauty: African American Images from 1890s to the Present (2009), Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs (2011) and many others.