About David Wells
David H. Wells is a photographer / photo educator in Providence, Rhode Island. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos (www.auroraphotos) and specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. He also focuses on photo-essays for publication and exhibition.
To produce his photo-essay on the pesticide poisoning of California farm-workers, Wells received the Nikon/National Press Photographers Association Documentary Sabbatical Grant in 1988 and a 1989 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. To produce his photo-essay on the complex relationship between Arabs and Israelis, Wells received a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation in 1991 and a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 1994. In 1999, he spent five months in India on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Mysore, where he started his project on globalization in South Asia. A fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 2001 and a Fulbright Regional Studies Fellowship in 2005 enabled him to complete that project.
Past editorial assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic Publications and the New York Times Magazine to name a few. He has produced 16 photo-essays for the award winning Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and the National Press Photographer’s Association.
Portfolios of his work have appeared in American Photography Four, Camera and Darkroom, Communication Arts Photography Annual, Graphics: The Human Condition, Photo District News, Photo Magazine, Photographers International and Zoom.
Wells has taught semester length classes as well as shorter, intensive workshops at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, the University of the Arts, the International Center of Photography in New York City, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Rochester Institute of Technology.