David Bathgate (Germany)

American-born and Germany-based photojournalist, David Bathgate, studied anthropology and journalism in the U.S. and taught at university before venturing full-time into photography.  He started at local newspapers in the 1990s, moved to regional magazines and then onto international projects that have taken through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Over the past decade, David has worked extensively in Afghanistan, covering conflict from both military and civilian perspectives.  He’s reported on the aftermath of war crimes committed in the Balkans and environmental changes occurring in South Asia and Africa.  David’s work is often evocative and intimate and appears regularly in print and online publications such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Geo, Stern, Focus and The London Sunday Times Magazine.

In addition, David conducts workshops and seminars on photography, photojournalism and visual communication in Morocco and India and has held seminars at Pathshala – South Asian Institute of Photography, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, AINA in Kabul, Afghanistan and the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops (Istanbul).  His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, California (USA), Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey.

David serves on the editorial board of Photojournale and is Founder and President of The Compelling Image, an online-interactive school of photography and digital storytelling.  His work is represented by Corbis Images and Wonderful Machine.  More of David Bathgate’s photography can be viewed at www.davidbathgate.com


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  • X100T
  • XF18mmF2 R
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