David Helfer Wells is photographer/video maker using whatever technology he can to create award winning visual narratives. He was born in Albany, New York, raised in Downey, California and now is based in Providence, Rhode Island. Affiliated with Aurora Photos, he is also a photo-educator. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” Wells became the photographer he is today by trying on the styles and/or methods of other well-known and historic photographers, initially at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Then he mastered the challenging discipline of color slide film. He fused all of these experiences over thirty-plus years working as a newspaper photojournalist then as a magazine photojournalist to develop his own style, built on a mastery of light, exposure and tonality, framing and composition with predictable and consistent control over focus and depth of field. As a photography educator, he leads students to learn how to consistently master these same elements of photography. The Philadelphia Inquirer nominated his project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers for a Pulitzer Prize. He has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, Time, etc. He also worked for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund. His work has been in over fifty exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A., a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation.