David Brill has been covering disasters, wars and humanitarian stories since 1967, with a mission to seek out unsung heroes.

David Brill is one of Australia's finest news cinematographers, covering disasters, wars and humanitarian stories since 1967.

He describes his motivation as telling the stories of unsung heroes and highlighting the good things happening in the world, which often go unreported.

From the fall of Saigon to the conflict in the Middle East, David has been there... a fact celebrated in a special video compilation from 2007 to mark his 40 years in television.

David was born in Tasmania. From 1964-66 he studied photography and cinematography at a commercial studio in Hobart before landing a job as a trainee cameraman at the ABC's bureau there.

In 1967 he filmed the Black Tuesday bushfires ravaging the island and his footage was screened around the world, partly responsible for the amount of aid that flooded in.

In 1970 and 1971 David travelled to Vietnam to film the conflict, winning a Thorn-EMI Award for his footage. It was in Vietnam that he realised the devastation that war brings, seen through the empty eyes of young girl who'd lost a limb.

Since then, David has focussed on the human consequences of conflict whether in Cambodia, El Salvador, Somalia, Serbia or any other hotspot he's reported from.

David finds filming a very personal experience, particularly when using the small cameras that Dateline's video journalists use. He says he feels guilty when capturing the pain in the faces of innocent people - because he knows that sooner or later, he'll simply walk out of their lives.

David has worked for a host of current affairs programs, coming to Dateline in 2003. While working for Dateline he's won United Nations Media Awards for his stories Good Morning Vietnam, Chad - Crisis In The Desert and Free the Bears.

David's courage and audacity when filming is legendary. He says he's not a war junkie, but he does see value in explaining the magnitude of war to an Australian audience. He believes Australia is indeed a lucky country to have two public broadcasters dedicated to long-form current affairs.

The story of David's life can be found in John Little's biography entitled The Man Who Saw Too Much. He's also been inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Hall of Fame.

For further information, please contact dateline@sbs.com.au.