Born Brighton, UK 1964
David M. Mitchell’s photography career started in the early eighties in London, Florence and Milan. In 1991 he moved to Hong Kong where he found instant success shooting for prestigious fashion labels including Christian Dior and Laura Biagiotti. He worked almost exclusively in black & white, creating a unique signature style with conscious echoes of Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
His international reputation growing quickly, Mitchell was engaged to shoot editorial for the very top international fashion magazines: Vogue and Elle. He was also a pioneer in Asia as the first successful foreign photographer on the dynamic Thai fashion scene, shooting extensively for top publications. His work became recognized by the advertising industry and he continued to expand into the commercial world and built up a considerable roster of clients such as Singapore Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Hong Kong Bank, Ericsson. As imitators clamored to emulate his classic styling in stills, he segued to explore the moving image in both personal and commercial work through film. He welcomed the opportunity to direct projects for the National Kidney Foundation in Singapore which dealt with severe disability and terminal illness in children. He was also invited to be the Director of Photography to shoot the Royal Thai Anti Drugs campaigns as his interest in working in the fashion industry due to its superficiality dwindled. In the mid-nineties beginning to diversify into the fine art arena, he received requests from private collectors interested in his fine art works at which point he began to shoot in color more frequently and he continues in this vein today continuing to develop a body of work considered highly collectable.
David M. Mitchell resides in Southeast Asia and prints in the US with Laumont Digital in NY and Philadelphia Photographic Arts in Philadelphia.