Charles Harbutt’s photographs have been widely collected and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery and at the Beaubourg, Bibliotheque Nationale and the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris to name a few. He has had large recent exhibitions at Perpignan (2004), New York (2006) and Manila (2008). In 2009, he participated in group shows at the Vienna Museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and at the Arles Festival.
He has been guest artist for a year each at the Rhode Island School of Design, MIT and the Art Institute of Chicago and taught at Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Bard College and in numerous workshops here and abroad. He is currently an associate professor at Parsons, the New School for Design.
For the first twenty years of his photographic life, Charles Harbutt was a photojournalist, working mostly through Magnum Photos (of which he was twice president) for magazines in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 1980, he has pursued more personal interests, an extension of the boundaries of journalism into the realm of the everyday.