David Halpern


David Halpern is a photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tulsa Oklahoma. An experienced teacher of photography, in the classroom and in workshops, a prolific writer and a consultant on photographic issues, he has served twelve times as a National Park artist-in-residence—four times at Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado), twice each at Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado) and Glacier National Park (Montana), once at Acadia National Park (Maine) and Bandelier National Monument (Oklahoma) where during 2014 and 2015 he helped create the park’s artist-in-residence program and served as it’s first participant. Since 1973, his photographs have been exhibited annually in museums and galleries across America, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. An avid traveler, he has photographed a variety of subjects throughout the United States, and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America, England, Italy, Iceland, Africa and Greece. Until recently, his most recognizable images were his large format black and white prints of the American Landscape. However, since 1997, virtually all his photographs have been made with digital cameras and he has published a large volume of images in color.
David’s recent projects include the publication of Pilgrim Eye, a revealing presentation of a lifelong journey of self-discovery through landscape photography, “Prairie Landsmen”–a documentary study of the Jews of Oklahoma–undertaken in cooperation with the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, and “By a Clearer Light”–an exhibition of his work as a National Park artist-in-residence that traveled for five years throughout the contiguous States under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA, a division of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. His photographs are featured in the book, Tulsa Art Deco, published in December 2001, by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. His business and marketing background include twenty seven years as a commercial photographer and, prior to that, seventeen years in advertising, market research and public relations. He is a life member of the American Society of Media Photographers. David is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, a 1958 graduate of Vanderbilt University, a former member of the Visual Communications faculty of Oklahoma State University Intitute of Technology (OSUIT) and is a member and former chairman of the Visual Communications Advisory Committee of OSUIT. In October, 2004, he was inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.

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