David H. Wells is a photographer in Providence, Rhode Island. He is affiliated with Aurora Photos (www.auroraphotos) and specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. He also focuses on photo-essays for publication and exhibition.
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To produce his photo-essay on the pesticide poisoning of California farm-workers, Wells received the Nikon/National Press Photographers Association Documentary Sabbatical Grant in 1988 and a 1989 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. To produce his photo-essay on the complex relationship between Arabs and Israelis, Wells received a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation's Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation in 1991 and a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 1994.
In 1999, he spent five months in India on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Mysore, where he started his project on globalization in South Asia. A fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 2001 and a Fulbright Regional Studies Fellowship in 2005 enabled him to complete that project.
Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine. He has worked for corporations including Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont. He has worked for non-profit organizations including Brown University, the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund. He produced 16 photo-essays for the award winning Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP.)
Before going freelance, he was a staff photographer for the Syracuse Newspapers (Syracuse, NY,) the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX,) and a contract photographer for Los Angeles Times.
His works has won awards from Pictures of the Year, the Sunday Magazine Editors Association Competition, American Photographer magazine, Society of Newspaper Design and SocialDocumentary.net. His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l'Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France.