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July 22, 2022 Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, NM with a panel discussion in-person and on Zoom. Registration required here.
Video discussion of the Uvalde school shooting as part of Virtual Projections week on gun violence. Video here.
New copies of BRINK have just arrived from Italy. Information on ordering here.
Podcast: The UN of Photography with Grant Scott
Ukraine war refugees for POLITICO
BRINK in Newsweek Japan
BRINK in Popular Photography
BRINK photographs on exhibition at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism January 31, 2022-April 1, 2022.
March 11, 2022 5pm PST/8pm EST Online conversation with UC Berkeley professor photographer Ken Light about the book and exhibit.
January 20, 2022 4pm PST/7pm EST Online conversation about BRINK with the Monroe Gallery of Photography featuring journalist Steve Appleford. Free registration here.
February 4-20, 2022 solo exhibition of BRINK
at the Rochester Institute of Technology City Arts Space
Discussion about BRINK with Peggy Roalf at Design Arts Daily
Review of BRINK by Sarah Rose Sharp in the arts magazine Hyperallergic.
BRINK featured in L'Oeil Photographie
Interview about BRINK with Allen Murabayahi at PhotoShelter.
A review of BRINK at The Washington Post.
Excited to announce the publication of BRINK by Punctum Press this fall. 152 pages, 104 photos, hard-bound, printed in Italy with text by Mark McKinnon and Cecilia Emma Sottilotta. Shipping will begin in late December 2021. ORDER HERE
Speaking at The RAW Society's New York City gathering (The RAW DAY) November 13, 2021.
Currently at Visa pour l"image in Perpignan, France where work from Brink will be screened September, 1.
After four years immersed in politics in Washington, D.C., I'm excited to announce I am relocating to Los Angeles, which was my home for 20 years. Looking forward to exploring new subjects, from the coast to the desert.
Group show 'Present Tense' at the Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico through August 29, 2021.
Words and pictures of my walk through Fortress D.C. ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration, at POLITICO.
Details here for the online Zen Photography Workshop with Leica Akademie February 4, 2021.
Interview with Neale James of The Photography Daily Show discussing recent work from Washington.
Photography from the last year in Hong Kong and Washington with an accompanying article on process in the fall issue of Artillery magazine.
This summer and fall, in partnership withe Leica Akademie USA, Leica Bespoke online one-on-one master classes. Registration details here.
September 11-19th 2020, Zen Photography Workshop online in partnership with Leica Akademie.. Details here.
July 14 "From Politics to Zen" A Zoom conversation with Leica Asia. 8pm Singapore time, 8am US East Coast time. Free registration here
A Front Row Seat to 2020 at the Leica USA Blog.
Photography of demonstrations sparked by the
death of George Floyd at Redux Pictures.
Zen and the Art of Photojournalism - online workshop
with Leica Akademie June 20-27. 2020 details here
note: this workshop has sold out but please check back as new dates may be added in the late summer
Exclusive portraits of President Trump in the Oval Office May 4, 2020
at Redux Pictures.
Instagram live with the Leica Store Las Vegas
Saturday May 2nd 1:30pm PDT/4:30 EDT
Click here to watch
President Trump and the COVID-19 timeline at Mother Jones.
Interview with Andy Day at fstoppers.com on photographing the Hong Kong protests.
COVID-19 Legislation at the US Capitol for POLITICO.
"Never Trump" conservatives for POLITICO.
Statement on Twitter on my decision to withdraw my shortlisted series Battleground Hong Kong from the Sony World Photography Organization Awards.
Battleground Hong Kong wins first place in the news stories category of the White House News Photographers Association annual contest.
Photo essay for CNN as the U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump December 18, 2019
Monday November 25 10-12am presentation with Leica Camera at the event space at B&H Photo in New York City. Registration and online streaming info here.
Interview with Newsweek Japan
Ferguson essay in the launch of the new magazine ENEMY
Just returned from covering protests in Hong Kong.....gallery
Photo District News 2019 Best of Photojournalism
Photoville 2019 in New York City with Leica Camera. See here for details on talks September 14th and 21st.
The August 20th photowalk in San Francisco's Chinatown and North Beach with Leica Store SF's 5th anniversary activities has sold out but a second date, August 23rd has been added. See here for more details.
August 10th 7pm photowalk at Seattle's Olympic Park with Leica Store Bellevue and the following day, August 11th, talk and artist's reception at the store corresponding with the exhibition of the Seeing Buddha project. See here for more details and RSVP.
Photograph for TIME, "Jeff Flake at a Crossroads" wins for Spot News Photo at the Deadline Club/Society of Professional Journalists annual awards in NYC.
Senator Chris Coons of Delaware writes an insider's view of the photograph of Jeff Flake made for TIME magazine during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
A piece written for Design Arts Daily on my experiences covering Washington over the last 18 months.
TIME magazine's Best of Photojournalism 2018
"Political Optics" Photography talk with David Butow at the Leica Store in Washington, D.C. November 29, 2018. 6:30-7:30pm
A piece I wrote for TIME on the story behind the Jeff Flake photograph from the Kavanugh hearings.
On the campaign trial in Los Angeles with Kevin de Leon who is challenging Diane Feinstein for a senate seat in California. For US News and World Report
Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals for ESPN
Photo essay of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill for NBC News.
The Best Photos from Time Magazine Photographers 2017
Two Houston Football Teams and their battle back from Hurricane Harvey for NBC News
Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey for NBC News
The solar eclipse seen from Madras, Oregon at Time
First person account of photographing the political turmoil on Capitol Hill with pictures of the James Comey and Jeff Sessions hearings in the
Los Angeles Times
Traveling and shooting on-and-off in the swing state Midwest covering the conclusion of the U.S. presidential election. Follow on
David Butow Photography on Facebook
Some of my thoughts on digital photo manipulation published at
A photo essay of new work from an assignment on Latino urbanism in the spring issue of Boom: A Journal of California
Photo essay on gentrification of the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco for the Wall Street Journal
New photo essays of the The Last Days of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas at the Wall Street Journal. and San Francisco Chronicle.
American Illustration-American Photography Profiles features an interview by David Schonauer on Seeing Buddha, the Mandela work and other recent projects here.
Seeing Buddha in Tricycle magazine.
The Buddhist online magazine Lion's Roar features a Q&A about Seeing Buddha here
The first publication of the new series After Hours in the magazine "Boom: A Journal of California" in print and online here
Ferguson photographs in Rolling Stone video of musician Ben Harper
Articles and discussion of the zine are featured online in Design Arts Daily
Bag News Notes
News Photographers Association of Canada
Seeing Buddha featured in
The New York Times.
Seeing Buddha featured in the Visions section of the February 2014 edition of National Geographic magazine. Updates and samples from the project can be found at Seeing Buddha.
Photographs from the series Honoring Madiba were featured on the two-sided book jacket cover of American Photography 30. Terrific design by Robert Newman. more info here
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS Lecture Tuesday night 6pm at SF Camerawork for a series on visual storytelling along with photographer Jessica Christian. Click here for more info
Just announced: Zen Photography Workshop with David Butow in Oakland and Berkeley, California on Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12, 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot and for more information. April 7 6-8pm
Popup show and talk at the Gallery at the Leica Store San Francisco
Popup show and talk "The Essence of the Image
at Camera West in Walnut Creek, CA on April 14th 6:30-8:30pm Two-day Zen Photography Workshop in Oakland and Berkeley, California on August 8, and August 16, 2015. See here
for more details.
Opening reception for the group show Heat
" on Thursday night, July 23 at SF Camerwork which includes pictures from the Ferguson zine produced earlier this year.
Teaching Leica Akademie Workshop at Camera West in Walnut Creek, California with Leica representative Tom Brichta on June 25. See here
for more details.
Lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography
Stanford University's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies will be hosting David for a discussion of the Seeing Buddha project in Palo Alto, CA on February, 12 at 6pm. See here
for more information.