Future Imperfect

Obsolete Delete

The Last Stand

David Ellingsen is a photographer and environmental artist creating images of site- specific installations, landscapes and object studies that speak to the natural world and Man’s impact upon it. At its core David’s work is motivated by the challenges of sustainability within contemporary Western culture.

David has been exhibiting his work since 2001 within commercial and public galleries in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, the Dana Farber Cancer Centre at Harvard University and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and have been shortlisted for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Book Award, awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and First Place at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles.

David is also recognized for his advertising, corporate and editorial photography with a client list that includes the Business Development Bank of Canada, Time Inc., Enbridge Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation along with Men’s Health, People, Marie Claire and the New York Times magazines.

Originally from Cortes Island, a remote community of 800 residents in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, David was raised on a small family farm surrounded by forest and ocean. His photography is rooted in this rural upbringing, which emphasized the importance of pairing quality with practicality, people with the environment and the individual with the communal. These values continue to inform his working life.


2015 Finalist, LensCulture Earth Awards
2013 Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards
Shortlisted, Kontinent Awards
2012 First Place, International Photography Awards
First Place, Prix de la Photographie Paris
Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards
2011 Shortlisted, Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award
Winner, PDN Awards
Finalist, Top 200, Photolucida Critical Mass
2010 Winner, Creative Quarterly Magazine Awards
Winner, The Center for Fine Art Photography
Finalist, International Arte Laguna
2009 Winner, Applied Arts Photography + Illustration Awards
Merit Award, Black + White Magazine
Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie Paris
2008 Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 As We’ve known it, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver
2016 Anthropocene: Messengers from the human age Winchester Gallery, Victoria
David Ellingsen: Photographer and Environmental Artist, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, Canada
2015 The Last Stand, Initial Gallery, Capture Photography Festival
2013 SeaLife, British Columbia Law Courts
2012 SeaLife, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Hibernus, Akasha Art Projects
2009 Hibernus, Galerie BMG, Hibernus, Camerawork Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Intervals: Photography in Flux, South Main Gallery, Capture Photography Festival
2015 Environmental Photographs of the Year, Royal Geographical Society
2014 Vancouver Art Gallery Art Auction
2013 Enviromythology, Initial Gallery
Photography and Environmental Concern, PhotoPlace Gallery
2012 Victoria: Art Collections from the Region, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
International Photography Awards Best of Show, Smashbox Studios Pro’jekt LA II, Month of Photography Los Angeles + Chop House Post Sea Inside: Design, Culture and Marine Ecology, Emily Carr University Vanimaux, Food, Fur + Foraging, Gam + Remington Galleries
2011 Imprint, Luz Gallery Vancouver/Vancouver,WorksfromtheRickEricksonCollection,Gallery1965 Kodachrome in Bloom, Luz Gallery
Elements of Water, The Center for Fine Art Photography
2009 Future Imperfect, Lishui International Photography Festival Arbor, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York, USA
2008 Boundaries (with artist Michael V. Smith), Kelowna Art Gallery People + Places, Trunk Gallery, Coastlines, Trunk Gallery 2007 Art+ 5, Onepointsix Gallery
Tickle Trunk (with Michael V. Smith), Jeffery Boone Gallery
2005 25×1, Lumen Gallery
2004 Vancouver, Exposure Accrochage II, Aion Art Gallery
2003 Art+2, Onepointsix Gallery
A Matter of Time, Exposure Gallery

Art Fairs

2016 Photo L.A., Los Angeles, USA
2015 Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada Love Art, Toronto, Canada