David Bundy is a professional photographer living in Vestavia Hills , AL. He has been shooting as a photojournalist since 1988 and has used that experience combined with a vision of dark, minimally lit subjects to create a portrait style that is realistic and emotional in his personal work. His style tends to be monochromatic, even when color is used.
In photojournalism, David has worked as a photographer or photo editor at the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, the Hattiesburg (MS) American, the Natchez (MS) Democrat, the Brookhaven (MS) Daily Leader and the Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald. In addition, he has and continues to do work for The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press and worked as a contract photographer at Keesler Air Force Base. Interestingly, David also worked briefly as a police officer in Mississippi and was shot during an armed robbery arrest.
David sees a connection between music and photography. With a certain light and tonality in a composition, an image can almost be heard. Some days he may see classical other days it may be folksy or jazz. "I like to photograph people as basic and as natural as they are. Lines, scars, and even their jewelry may tell a story. It becomes an inner portrait , as well as an outer portrait. "My portraits often begin with me looking for the spirit of an individual. A certain look they may display when their guard is down, maybe for just a second."
AWARDS & HONORS
David has won more than 100 awards in photojournalism in his career from various press organizations including first places in state competitions for picture stories, portfolio, breaking news, sports, photo illustrations, and general news. His most noteable awards are 1998 Photo of the Year in Alabama, 1994 and 1995 Photo of the Year in Mississippi, Nikon Motorsports Photographer of the Year in 2000, two Best of Gannett wins, the National Motorsports Press Association's Howard O'Reilly Photographer of the Year, and the University of Southern Mississippi's Photojournalism Award. David was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop IV in Jeffersonville, NY in 1991.
-Gwen's: A Southern Spa, Montgomery, AL, ongoing -Hattiesburg (MS) Arts Council Gallery, 16-pieces representing portraits & photojournalism, Nov. 3-Dec. 2, 2011 -Tomatino's Gallery, Gulf Shores before the oil spill, Montgomery, AL, Sept. 19-Nov. 18, 2010 -Tomatino's Gallery, collection of portraits, Montgomery, AL, Feb. 1-March 29, 2009 -Visions of Victory: A Century of Sports Photography, June Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL. Sept. 13-Nov. 29, 2008. Exhibit also included work by Walter Iooss, Jr., Herb Ritts, Lewis Hine, Annie Leibovitz, and Bill Epperidge. -Photographers of USM, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS, July 25-Aug. 22, 1998 -A Photography Performance of Musicians, Lincoln County Library, Brookhaven, MS, June 1-30, 1993
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