Being charming is an occupational necessity for photographers - what was so great about David was that he is real person as well. Usually after a photo shoot we feel like two customers who have just driven off a used car lot in a car we know in our heart of hearts is a lemon -- after he left we just felt like two people who against all expectation had had a good time. It's a rare experience.
John Thorne, author
David Binder is an award-winning photojournalist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. David’s photojournalism has been published extensively by magazines throughout the world. His editorial clients include; People magazine, US News and World Report, Life Magazine, The New York Times, Paris-Match, Forbes, Fortune and Business Week. He is affiliated with Contact Press Images.
David has twice been recognized by the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism. David has also received two Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships for his exceptional work in photography and film. He was awarded the National Press Photographers “Best of Photojournalism” as well as other national and regional awards. David’s intimate and involved story-telling approach has earned him a reputation for illuminating his subjects and their lives with perception and compassion.
Exhibitions of David’s work have been presented at The United States Senate, The New York Historical Society, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA, The National Museum of Health and Science in Washington, D.C., The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, and The Wilson Hicks International Conference on Visual Communications in Miami, FL. His work on Gail Farrow’s family is currently showcased in the international touring exhibition “Thy Brothers’ Keeper.” This exhibition contains work by some of the best photojournalists working today and their coverage of crises around the world. David’s work on AIDS was the centerpiece of a touring exhibition sponsored by the United States Centers for Disease Control. Entitled “What About AIDS?”, this educational exhibit has been displayed in more than 40 cities throughout North America. David has work in the historic exhibitions “Art AIDS American” currently on tour in the US.
David’s first documentary film, the acclaimed “Calling My Children”, came about directly from his photo essay of Gail Farrow and her family, a work that has spanned 25 years. His deep engagement with this ongoing story is evident in every frame of this film. “Calling My Children” received a First Prize at its premier at the 2009 Athens International Film and Video Festival. The filmed has screened at 18 film festivals domestically and internationally, winning 12 awards including 7 first prizes and the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2012, “Calling My Children” was honored to be the only film screened at The United States Capitol in Washington DC in coordination with the XIX International AIDS Conference. “Calling My Children” had it’s national television premier on PBS in May 2014, with thousands of broadcasts on hundreds of stations nationwide. Due to viewer interests, PBS has scheduled the film through 2019.