One Room Schoolhouses
David began taking large format black and white photographs of New England and the Mid-Atlantic during his final year at Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. Over the next eight years the Quabbin Reservoir and its lush 55,000 acre watershed would become the focal point for an investigation of how time and light reveal and define the sublime visual beauty and quiet drama of the Northeastern landscape. Sixty prints from the series are held in the permanent collection of the Boston Public Library.
In 1986 David left New England and returned to the Lehigh Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a region his family has inhabited since 1741. His subjective interest also moved in a direction that drew upon cultural history and personal heritage as the road map for exploring the land of his ancestors and beyond. The one-room school house series and his thesis work at Mack Trucks in pursuit of a Masters degree at the University of Delaware ultimately led to David’s on going historic documentary work for the HABS-HAER-HALS division of the National Park Service and the National Cemetery Administration, a branch of the Veterans Administration.
Along with over a thousand images of our nations historic resources archived in the Library of Congress, David’ s personal photographic work, including views from Maine to California, can be found in public, private, and corporate collections across the United States. His first exhibit was in 1976, many more solo and group shows have followed.
Since 1996 David has been teaching the black and white silver process as a part-time lecturer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he currently resides, a couple blocks from the home of his Grandparents.