Grey Villet was an acclaimed photojournalist who produced many award-winning photo-essays for Life magazine, where he was part of a legendary roster of photographers and received the prestigious Magazine Photographer of the Year award in 1956. He went on to win major awards from the National Press Photographers Association and World Press Photo, in recognition not only of his photo-essays but for the full spectrum of his work. Throughout his career, he reported for publications in his native South Africa, England, and all across the United States, covering everything from breaking news to sports, presidential politics, and entertainment stories, and documenting the midcentury conflicts of the American South, Cuba, and the Middle East.


Barbara Villet is a former reporter and editor for Life, where she initiated many major essays for the magazine. She has also written for numerous publications, and authored books including Those Whom God Chooses, which was written and produced with Grey Villet, and Head Nurse. Her Blood River, a study of South Africa during the last days of apartheid, was listed as a Time magazine Book of the Year, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


Barbara and Grey met on assignment for Life in 1961, and were married shortly thereafter. They remained partners and collaborators for thirty-nine years until his death in 2000.