David H. Wells

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David H. Wells is an award-winning publication photographer and film-maker affiliated with Aurora Photos. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.”[1]

Past assignments include Life, National Geographic, New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine. He has worked for corporations including Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont, as well as non-profit organizations including Brown University, the Ford Foundation, and the New Israel Fund.

He has been featured in one person exhibits at Brown University, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France.

He has been an artist in residence at the Visual Studies Workshop and the Light Works Photography Center. His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation's Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has won two Fulbright Scholarships.

Life and work[edit]

Wells received a B.A in Liberal Arts from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA. He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in New York City. He was featured in Photo District News as a "Best Workshop Instructor."[2] He served as a judge for the Alexia Foundation in 1996.[3]

Wells works across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos of Portland, ME, since 2003. He has worked as a workshop instructor at Maine Media Workshops,[4] Unique Photo,[5] CreativeLive,[6] Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City[7] Pathshala school of photography in Dacca, Bangladesh,[8] and Objectifs, Singapore Center for Film and Photography.

His work has been published in Businessweek, California Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, GEO, Life, Los Angeles Times Magazine, National Geographic Publications, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly, Saveur, San Jose Mercury News West Magazine, Time, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and Yankee.

Publications with contributions by Wells[edit]

  • Live Like the Banyan Tree: Images of the Indian American Experience. Catalogue for the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia, PA, 1999. ISBN 1422358216.


  • “New Faces” Award, American Photographer, 1988.[9]
  • Nikon/National Press Photographers' Association Documentary Sabbatical Grant, 1988.[10]
  • Visual Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, 1989.[10]
  • Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship at University of Mysore, Mysore, India, 1999.[11]
  • Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, 2001[12]
  • Fulbright Regional Studies Research Fellowship, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka 2005.[13]
  • Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Water Competition, Honorable Mention, 2008.[14]
  • Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial, New York City, Honorable Mention, 2009.[15]
  • Forward Thinking Museum Photography Contest, New York City, Runner Up, 2012.[16]
  • American Society of Media Photographers Best of 2014.[17]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Concurrence: An Evolving India, Frontier Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 08/09-9/09.[18]
  • Concurrence: An Evolving India, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI, 11/09 – 12/09.[19]
  • Foreclosed Dreams, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, 08/10 – 09/10.[20]
  • Underwater: Interpreting the Foreclosure Crisis, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 09/12 – 10/12.[21]
  • Foreclosed Dreams, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, R.I, 04/13 – 05/13.[22]
  • Foreclosed Dreams, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. 11/13 – 12/13.[23]
  • Half, Past, Watson Institute at Brown University, Providence, RI, 8/14 – 9/14.[24]
  • Foreclosed Dreams, Monmouth University, Monmouth, N.J. 9/14 – 10/14.[25]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet Segue Institute for Learning and David Wells". Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "PDN Reader Survey: The Best Workshop Instructors". Emerald Expositions. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Alexia Foundation: About". Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "David H. Wells". Maine Media Workshops + College. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Our Instructors". Unique Photo. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ "david h wells". CreativeLive, Inc. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Desarrollo de Proyectos: un Programa Integral". Centro de la Imagen. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Visiting Artists". Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ "David Wells". Unique Photo. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b "David Wells". National Press Photographers Association. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ "About CAVA". Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  12. ^ "David Wells". Alicia Patterson Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Record Number of Pitzer College Students Awarded 2005 Fulbright Fellowships". Pitzer College. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Honorable Mention Recipients of Water Competition". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Eight Emerging Photographers Selected From More Than 1,000 Entries in the First Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial Competition". Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  16. ^ "JGS Photography Contest: Runners Up". Forward Thinking museum. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Best of 2014: David H. Wells". American Society of Media Photographers. 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Gallery Archives". Frontier. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Past Exhibitions". Wheeler School. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  20. ^ ""Torpedo Factory Art Center Partners With The National Community Reinvestment Coalition To Kick Off National Campaign – "Keys From The Crisis""". Alexandria News. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Past Exhibitions". Artspace. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  22. ^ "David H. Wells: Foreclosed Dreams". Yellow Peril Gallery. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  23. ^ "David Wells' Foreclosed Dreams". Montserrat College. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  24. ^ "News Archive". Brown University. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  25. ^ "Gallery Exhibition: David H. Wells". Monmouth University. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Past Exhibitions" (PDF). Rutgers University. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Stories in the Social Landscape: Faculty Exhibition". International Center of Photography. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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