David Evans

David Evans: photographer, filmmaker, encaustic painter

David Evans (b. September 20) is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in media production about issues of international development, sustainability, global health, education, cultural anthropology, scientific research, and philanthropic advocacy. His clients include the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and United Nations Foundation. He is also an accomplished encaustic painter, creating works of beauty and contemplation through the laborious working of colored and natural wax.

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His photographic work has appeared in publications around the world, including U.S. and local-language editions of National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, Time/CNN, the London Times, BBC, and Digital Photographer, as well as on the cover and in the pages of National Geographic books. Assignments have taken him to dozens of destinations on every continent but Antarctica.

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Evans’ background includes executive branding, marketing, and creative positions on 3 continents, including DDB Needham Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, and National Geographic Television, where he played a key role in brand development for the global launch of the National Geographic Channel.

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With a proven track record working in diverse geographic and cultural environments, combined with innate tendencies of flexibility, sensitivity, and discretion, Evans is uniquely qualified to work embedded with indigenous populations and high-profile public figures alike. He brings back compelling editorial images of development, health, and education issues whether traveling alone in the Middle East or Tibet or as the exclusive photographer traveling with Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Spencer Wells in Latin America, Africa, the U.S., or Central Asia.

David Evans and friends
David Evans and friends

 

Bill Gates, center, speaks with a teacher during a 2009 classroom visit at the Durham Performance Learning Center in Durham, N.C - photo by David Evans
Bill Gates, center, speaks with a teacher during a 2009 classroom visit at the Durham Performance Learning Center in Durham, N.C – photo by David Evans

 

Melinda Gates talks to students in a math class at John Hope College Prep High School, Chicago, Illinois, 2007 - photo by David Evans
Melinda Gates talks to students in a math class at John Hope College Prep High School, Chicago, Illinois, 2007 – photo by David Evans

 

Geneticist Spencer Wells examines pottery in the Sahara - photo by David Evans
Geneticist Spencer Wells examines pottery in the Sahara – photo by David Evans

 

Spencer Wells and his team spent four years gathering DNA information from 350,000 people of diverse backgrounds. Seen here in Chad, 2009 - photo by David Evans
Spencer Wells and his team spent four years gathering DNA information from 350,000 people of diverse backgrounds. Seen here in Chad, 2009 – photo by David Evans

 

Evans’s documentary approach is often tapped for commercial endeavors as well. Projects include producing the video and still assets for the launch of National Geographic Terra Firma Coffee, leading a fact-finding tour of international designers and merchandisers to Venezuela and Peru to research and document the cultural and aesthetic influences that inspired the National Geographic South American Home Collection, and photographing a national advertising campaign to attract U.S. business to Honduras.

Andes mountains, Venezuela - photo by David Evans
Andes mountains, Venezuela – photo by David Evans

 

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Honduran port – photo by David Evans

Exercising flexibility, diplomacy, and discretion, Evans works seamlessly on extended assignments with high-profile public figures, celebrities, aid organizations, documentary film crews, and embedded with rural indigenous cultures. He has also served as an international election observer for the Carter Center on electoral missions in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia.

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Evans has directed, produced, and consulted on a wide variety of documentaries, IMAX films and animations, motion graphics and promotions, broadcast, print and collateral advertising, and brand development and management in nearly every form of traditional, integrated, and emerging media.

David Evan's photography featured in the launch of a Discovery Channel series
David Evan’s photography featured in the launch of a Discovery Channel series

In 2012, Evans directed and produced the award winning documentary The Silkies Of Madagascar, which tells the inspiring story of how a cooperative of ninety talented women silk weavers transformed their community and continue the ancient tradition of weaving with the help of a Peace Corps volunteer and an international folk art market.

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In recent years, Evans has developed an interest in the fine art of encaustic painting. He is a member of the encaustic artist group Washington Wax Works, and maintains a studio at the Off The Beaten Track Warehouse art center, in Washington, DC. His work intrigues with textural and ethereal invitation, instilling in the viewer a depth of emotion that ranges from the contemplation of death to the desire for candy. His work is collected internationally.

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David Evans currently resides in Washington, D.C., having a decidedly interesting and rather awesome life. Fluent in Spanish he also visits his second home in the Venezuelan Andes whenever possible.

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