Award-winning photographic artist David Coleman was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from Youngstown State University where he majored in art and education. Immediately after graduation Dave began a teaching career which would span over forty years. Along the way, he earned a diploma from the School of Modern Photography headquartered in Little Falls, NJ, and a Master of Education degree from Augusta College in Augusta, GA.
Much of Dave’s early photographic work involved photographing weddings, and professional theatre productions along with various private commissions. During this time, he became vice-president of the Youngstown Photographic Society and won numerous awards in a variety of competitions. Much of the work was done in black and white, with film processing and printing done in his own darkroom.
Now, however, with the advent of the “digital” age, David’s film camera has been replaced with a digital one and the darkroom takes the form of a computer, photo-editing software and an inkjet printer. He says, “With digital photography, I can create my work on a much more complex and enriched plane. Often, I combine intriguing visuals from several disparate images to form composite photographs, a “new reality” if you will. I also like working in series, exploring a number of views of the same subject, especially images of wood. Whether it be trees, boards or driftwood, the seemingly endless variety of line, form and texture are a continuous source of inspiration.”
Dave has had his digital work accepted to numerous juried exhibitions including but not limited to:
“Lay of the Land,” St. Louis Artists Guild—Silverman Award for Photography, 2012
“Beyond the Lens,” Framations Gallery, St. Charles, MO—Third Place Award, 2011
“Virtual Reality,” Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, 2013
“Annual Quad-State Exhibition,” Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL, 2001
All of my current works are available for sale in my studio at the Foundry Art Centre or may be viewed and purchased online at: