“Small crinkled edged black and white photos of Europe filled albums and boxes in my home when I was growing up. They were the product of my father's work with a Leica III rangefinder camera in various refugee centers after WWII. These simple pictures represented the world from which I came, and were very special to me. The look and feel of those photos, as well as the 35 mm photojournalism of the 40’s and 50’s, continue to influence my ‘through-the-lens’ vision today. Although my work is frequently pictorial, I love to emulate the style of masters like Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstaedt, Capa, and Kertész as they capture ‘the decisive moment’. Whenever and wherever I travel, the images I record and subsequently transform into artwork via the digital or ‘wet’ darkroom are often my most precious souvenirs. Thoreau once wrote that he could not fully appreciate the beauty of a nature scene without composing poetry to reflect his impressions. For me, I do not fully savor what I encounter until my vision, or ‘the moment,’ is esthetically captured for presentation. Whether here or abroad, I strive to record what may be the ordinary, but attempt to present it as extraordinary.”
David is currently in the encore phase of his career. For almost forty years he maintained a periodontal practice and teaching appointment at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in addition to remaining engaged in a variety of community projects. Simultaneously he pursued his passion for photography. In 1996, David published, Journey to Poland: a family mission. In photographs and text, the volume chronicled his investigative trip to Poland researching the experience of his parents during the war in Europe seventy years ago.
With periodontics now playing a lesser role in daily life, David channels increased energy into his photographic art. He frequently pairs imagery with writing to create photo-essays for exhibition and web viewing, and also strives to advance the mission of various not-for-profit organizations using photography.
When film was the light-sensitive media of choice, David primarily attuned his eye to image capture as a B&W art form. With images now customarily recorded digitally, his portfolio has expanded and is replete with color. During the ‘film era’, his greatest photographic joy was experienced shooting with a vintage Leica III, circa 1950, formerly used by his father.
Read more about David's photography here: http://www.uscj.org/Do_Jewish_Artists_Ma8208.html