About Val Mazzenga
At fifteen years old, a streetwise
Italian-American from Chicago's West Side named Anthony Mazzenga
got a job at the Chicago Tribune as a copy boy. While
running copy between reporters and photographers and their
respective news desks, Mazzenga began to discover something very
important about himself; he had both an affinity and a talent
for the "visual word" - photography.
It didn't take long
before he was asked to join the Tribune's photo staff. But it
came with a price. He had to give up his first name.
"We have too many Tony's around here" the chief of
photographers told him. "What's your middle name?"
Mazzenga's middle name was Val and that's how this indefatigable
Chicago photojournalist has been known ever since.
career is one of the most storied in American photojournalism.
His photographs have won more than 200 awards including 5 Beck
Awards - the Chicago Tribune's highest accolade. He may
be the most honored photographer in Tribune history. He has been
nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times.
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. He
has done prize winning photo essays on the late Mother Teresa,
the late President Nixon and Michael Jordan.
He has photographed
the Wonders of the World - Machu Pichu the Lost City of the
Incas, the Taj Mahjal, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China,
Carnival in Rio, and life along Bangkok's Kong waterways.
Among his assignments: the Mass Suicide in Jonestown
Guyana, the Afghan Resistance fighters in Pakistan, Starvation
in Africa, the Sikh revolt in India, the 20th Anniversary of the
Fall of Saigon and Refugee Camps in Southeast Asia.
is an ongoing visiting lecturer at the School of Journalism at
the University of Illinois, is a freelance photographer and
shows his work via a riveting slide show that reveals the
"rest of the story" behind each photo.
winning photojournalist and a dynamic but humble speaker, Val
Mazzenga takes you on a journey around the world in pictures, as
he reveals... "The Untold Story." Today
in addition to freelancing for major publications, Val shares
his extraordinary experiences in an engaging multi-media
presentation that inspires, enlightens and touches the hearts
and minds of his audience. With humor, insight and evocative
images, Val takes us on a journey through time and places,
where he reveals the untold stories behind his pictures.
We meet heroes and villains, view wonders of the world and
learn how through Attitude,
Preparation, and Tenacity.
Val applied his personal philosophy of life to ADAPT,
overcoming tremendous obstacles and rising to the top of
key to success is learning to ADAPT..."
Val Mazzenga - "The Untold Story"
will see pictures that document the news stories for our
times. Meet the famous, the infamous and the unsung heroes who
reflect our human nature. Travel on assignment with Val from
Bangkok to Bombay to Rio de Janeiro. You will hear golden
insight from a man who has learned to make the most of every
situation, survive the elements and return with precious
images that move the heart and provoke the mind.
Perspective on Current
light of the tragic terrorist attacks in Washington and New
York City, Val is also extremely knowledgeable of the political situation
in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He spent time in Afghanistan
covering the Afghan resistance fighters during the Russian
invasion in the seventies and eighties. He can speak to the history of the conflict, the reality of the
lifestyle and what it is like to be an American walking the
Real life perspective and photographs to educate
and inform. Val is a photojournalist who has visited every
refugee camp in the world, covering tragedy as well as glory.
He offers insight on how to cope with disillusionment and conquer
picture and story we learn that in the bleakest environment -
hope will survive.
fascinating visual experience to inspire and entertain any
"I met an angel...
"All alone with
President Nixon on Airforce One."