DON WEST has been a free-lance photographer in the Boston area for the past 30 years working in both the private and public sectors, with such diverse clients as: The Museum of Afro-American History, WGBH public television, Bank of America, Accion International, Reebok, Action for Community Development (ABCD), MASSPORT to name a few…….
He is most proud of his assignment as Nelson Mandela’s photographer, during Mandela’s visit to Boston after being released from prison in South Africa.
Getting his start in the newspaper business with Boston's Bay State Banner and United Press International, Don as photojournalist, has gone on to assignments with major publications such as, the Boston Globe, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Ebony, People and Black Enterprise magazines.
Don’s passion in photography has been to profile all kinds of people, ordinary and extraordinary, capturing their unique spirit at work, with their families and in struggle for what they believe. His work has taken him throughout the United States, Latin America, China and Africa.
Don has exhibited his work in numerous venues including the Museum of African American History, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the African American in Residence Program at Northeastern University (AAMARP), ZONA Photo Labs, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Bunker Hill Community College, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD),Boston City Hall Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston. His awards have included a Senate Citation for Outstanding Photojournalism, the Drylongso Award from Community Change, the Boston 350 Outstanding Citizen Award and most recently, the Special Award from Action for Community Development (ABCD) for community contribution.
National Press Photographers Association
Boston Press Photographers Association
African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University, Boston