“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like,
it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
— Paul Caponigro
I'm located in wonderful Saint Joseph, MI, which is in the southwest corner of Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan. From here it's only a 90 minute drive to Chicago and then to any part of the world a plane will take me.
In 1970 I picked up a camera and that was all it took. I've had a lot of fun with photography and have met so many interesting people along the way, both in front of the camera and those who stand behind the camera. Famous or not so famous. In my backyard or in Europe. Shooting for myself or for others. It's been wonderful and still is wonderful. As they say, if you do what you like you never work a day in your life.
In 2004, David was the project director for a photo documentary of St Joseph & Benton Harbor, Michigan, entitled 2 Cities 48 Hours. Twenty-six photographers photographed the people and places in the two cites for 48 hours. A book was published later of selected images.
David started teaching photography in the 1970s while attending WMU and at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He now teaches photography classes and workshops located in St. Joseph, MI..
2 Cities 48 Hours
As the project director I put the call out to my professional photographer buddies to see if they might be interested in shooting for this project. There was only one that said he couldn’t do it - he later regretted not being involved. 13 professional photographers from around the state of Michigan said they would be love to work on a photo project such as this. I then put out the word to amateur photographers to join in. Again, the magic number was 13.
2 Cities 48 Hours
A Photo Essay Documentary
Benton Harbor & St. Joseph, MI
August 27 & 28, 2004
During two August days in 2004, 26 photographers shot more than 8,000 images of Southwest Michigan’s historic Twin Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.