David studied at Winchester School of Art before working as a photographer’s assistant in Paris, then as a portrait photographer in London.
Following the publication of his first picture for the Sunday Times Magazine, David worked as a commercial photographer specialising in Industrial subjects, Planes, Trains, Power Stations, Cars etc, where he developed a more fine art based approach to the large objects, usually on large format film.
A project to photograph members of the Labour Government, which he devised himself, led to him being offered a solo exhibition of his political portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London, “Heads of Government”.
He received the first major photographic commission from the House of Commons, “Working for Parliament”, to photograph 100 members of the staff of the House of Commons, public servants and officials who, whilst remaining unseen, facilitate the smooth operation of what was described by Winston Churchill as “The Cockpit of Democracy”. He has since undertaken other similar projects, both public and commercial, photographing groups of people both in their workplace and elsewhere, as well as photographing architecture and more elemental work.
He is currently working towards an exhibition of the new buildings of Beirut arising out of the ruins of the Lebanese civil war for the Beirut Art Center. Working with one of the major Lebanese Banks, and other commercial organisations, towards achieving what will be a major exhibition, and showcase for Lebanon’s successful regeneration in 2015. He is also working towards an exhibition of portraits of Chinese youth for exhibition in Shanghai during 2015.
He has been a member of the Association of Photographers for many years and is currently a director. He speaks and writes about photography in the media, print and broadcast, as well as judging competitions, lecturing students, reviewing portfolios and otherwise engaging with photographers and the general public.