|Exhibitions and Personal Works|
David has a gallery of Limited Edition Prints which represents his personal work. Photographs from the gallery can be viewed at the following link:
TRIBAL MELANESIA - VENUE: NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Twenty five large photographic prints by David Kirkland were mounted on the walls of the National Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea in 2014 as part of the Fifth Melanesian Cultural Festival.
The prints, two of which appear below, were drawn from David's coffee table book Tribal PNG which features a selection of his photographs captured of PNG over two decades.
To view more of the photographs exhibited, visit the Limited Edition print section of this web site.
Nadia, or framer, standing next to one of our three metre prints from the exhibition.
VANUATU: THE LAND DIVERS OF PENTECOST ISLAND.
"The most enjoyable and rewarding three days of my career as a professional photographer." This is how David described his assignment to photograph the Land Divers of Vanuatu.
Click on the picture below to see a preview of the images with which he returned.
ETHIOPIA - TRIBES OF THE OMO VALLEY
In 2015, David travelled Ethiopia widely as part of a commission by the World Bank to gather promotional images for the country's national tourism authority. While energies were concentrated of capturing generic promotional images which would attract tourists to the country, a series of personal portraits were captured in sepia and black and white - some of which appear in this portfolio.
TRIBAL PNG: THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES TO SHOWCASE THE TRADITONAL CULTURES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC.
In the year ahead we have begun working on a major project to record and showcase the disappearing cultures of the South Pacific in a series of fine art photography books titled Oceania.
TRIBAL PNG - the first book in the series which was published in 2014 - is a collection of more than 200 photographs of Papua New Guinea captured by David over the past two decades.
For a thumbnail preview of the book, click on the following cover.
Click above to see a preview of David's latest project, TRIBAL PNG
As a photographer and author who travels Australia, Asia and the South Pacific widely, it has become evident to me that traditional cultures are disappearing at an alarming and rapid rate, and that much is being lost to future generations in the process. Globalisation continues to homogenise our world. Many ancient rituals are no longer being practiced, time-honored values are being set aside, oral histories are not being recounted and once treasured artifacts are being sold and lost. Combined, these consequences of change promise to sever forever the valuable link between past and future generations, taking away the unique elements that define and distinguish the many fascinating cultures that surround us. The prospect concerns me greatly, enough that I have committed to establishing this foundation and allocating to it what I suspect will become an increasing portion of my resources to promote, protect and preserve traditional indigenous cultures. I should point out that this foundation is in the making. At this stage, it is simply a vehicle through which I plan to channel energies and resources - my own and those of like-minded people - into a range of activities aimed at contributing to this goal.
In 2014, our ambitions for this Foundation remain high and, while the idea is still very much in its infancy, in time I am confident that what we have started will grow to make a positive, significant and - importantly - lasting contribution to future generations.
David has embarked on one of his most ambitious publishing projects - a tribute to the aboriginal people of Australia. Titled Dreamtime - Tribute to an Ancient Culture, the full-color coffee table book will be an uplifting record of a fascinating culture in transition, a compilation of the very best images the photographer has captured of Aboriginal culture during more than a decade of traveling in remote parts of Australia. The book will contain more than 100 photographs and 20 short stories which will reflect the richness and dignity of Aboriginal culture and reveal the common thread of humanity that runs through us all.
To view David's most current photographs and summaries of his most recent assignments, visit David's award-winning Blog at www.kirklandphotosblog.com