Shown above working with his 5×7 view camera in the 1990’s, David was trained in magazine writing and editing at the top-rated Missouri School of Journalism, David also studied photography there under Cliff Edom, often called “the father of photojournalism,” who was known for his credo: “Show truth with a camera.” After two decades running his successful communications agency in Chicago, David moved West to begin a second career as a landscape and travel photographer.
He worked with large format and panoramic cameras in more than 30 countries, but of all the places he visited none could compare with southern Utah. He often returned to Moab and came to know many special places in the area. He moved here for good about a decade ago.
David describes what he does as “just making pretty pictures,” but his work has appeared in thousands of places. His clients have included Rand McNally, British Airways, National Geographic Society, Hallmark Cards, Microsoft, Ford Motor Co., Time-Life, Toyoto-Lexus, and hundreds more, including myriad newspapers, magazines, textbooks and calendars. He was at one time represented by a stable of 15 stock photography agents around the world. He also owned a stock photography agency through which he represented about 140 wildlife, nature and landscape photographers including leading names. He is a Life Member of the American Society of Media Photographers. To support his love of the land he serves on the board of Canyonlands Field Institute, a Moab-based non-profit that provides quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places, and renew the human spirit.
In 2015 David began leading photo tours in Moab, sharing his knowledge of special places with a wide variety of clients and earning dozens of five-star reviews. For several years he has written photography columns for the local monthly, Moab Happenings. In 2019 he started Moab Printworks, LLC in partnership with Mark Brown (no relation). The business is a source of fine art gicleé prints for artists and photographers, expert custom picture framing and is home to Printworks Gallery where they display their fine art photographs. It’s the ideal base for their Printworks Photo Tours service.
Here are examples of David’s landscape photography from across the U.S. and beyond.
Mark grew up in Pennsylvania where he had a successful commercial photography business. He shot about 200 weddings over the years and made hundreds of executive and family portraits. But his true love was landscape and nature photography and he printed many of his nature photographs as fine art prints and framed them to decorate corporate offices, hospitals and private homes. He is especially proud that his donated photographs helped prevent the logging of White’s Woods, an endangered old growth forest. Many of his photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines.
Drawn by the fantastic scenery of southern Utah, he moved to Moab in 2010. Here he’s concentrated on exploring and documenting the West. Never satisfied with the ordinary, he enjoys the challenge of creating fresh images. Not one to make “copycat” pictures he often seeks out little-known subjects for his array of cameras and lenses. His patience allows him to excel at macro photography, night sky and time lapse work. He also uses a drone to capture the beauty of the Utah red rocks country from unusual angles.
Mark especially likes to share his deep knowledge of creative photography. He will take you to places you would never otherwise see and open your eyes to beauty from the smallest insect to the glory of the Milky Way. Examples of his eclectic fine art are offered at Printworks Gallery. Here are some of his creative images.