There must be more maps of Illinois displayed on Chicago's South and West Sides than anywhere else in the state. The hand-painted illustrations are rendered on store walls and windows with thick house paint, spray paint, and even airbrushing. Some maps are remarkably accurate, while others more closely resemble teeth, Africa, or even Castellane pasta.
2015 was another year of change. After splitting my time in Chicago and Cambridge over the last couple of years, it's time to add another city into the mix. Since August, I have been hopping between Chicago and Minneapolis, where I am now an assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College.
Last week I traveled through southern Norway and Sweden. Since it was my first visit to Scandinavia, I decided to get a broad sense of the place, rather than work on a specific project.
Last week I made a short visit to Houston, Texas during the American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference. When I wasn't downtown, I spent the majority of my free time in the Third Ward, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and home to Project Row Houses.
This time last year, I was engulfed by the Polar Vortex in Chicago, but this year I am in the Boston area for its record snowfall. The region has received nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow in the last few weeks, and additional precipitation is forecast.
Even more than 2013
, I spent 2014 working on projects, including the films Almost There
and The Area
, and photography series about subsidized housing in New York City and Japan's Tōhoku region.
I recently visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to present at the International Visual Sociology Association's annual meeting and explore the region. I particularly enjoy working in Pittsburgh, but my time photographing the end of an era in Johnstown
instilled an interest in the region's smaller towns. When I visited Pittsburgh in 2011
, I made sure to spend a little time in neighboring borough of Braddock, but I wanted to go farther afield this time. In part motivated to see the borough of Donora, whose 1948 environmental catastrophe raised awareness of the need for clean air regulations, I visited more than a dozen towns in the Monongahela River valley, and then several more along the Ohio River.
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- Affordable Housing in New York was recently featured in The New York Times, Slate, and Co. Design.
- David created a new short film for House Housing, a project of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.
- Aaron Wickenden and David discussed their contributions to the cinematography of Almost There after a screening of the film at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on December 12.
- David is participating in two exhibitions this fall. The first is BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, while the second is David Schalliol: Selected in Boston. Both exhibitions will be on view until the beginning of winter.
- David Weinberg Gallery screened selections from The Area from 6-8pm on June 26. A discussion with David, community activist Deborah Payne, and a Shriver Center housing advocate followed. See photographs of the event on Facebook.
- Satellite Magazine featured David's environmental cinematography in Northwestern Indiana for Almost There. WGN Radio also interviewed David about the project.
- An exhibition of David's Belfast, Northern Ireland photographs opened March 11 at Art Works Projects in Chicago. The exhibition was recently featured on Worldview.
- Almost There, the Kartemquin/ITVS documentary film to which David contributed environmental cinematography, is currently touring film festivals and is getting great reviews.
- David presented about his work in The Area at the Place Hacking Sociology conference at the University of Liverpool.
- David will be discussing The Area at an event cosponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians and MAS Context on December 2.
- Selections from Isolated Building Studies will appear in the four-person show, This Particular Patch, opening December 6 at Perspective Gallery in Evanston, Illinois.
- Almost There will be making its world premiere at DOC NYC on November 15. See examples of David's work as the film's Environmental Cinematographer on the blog.
- David will be presenting at the Washington Park Arts Incubator in Chicago on August 7. DNAinfo interviewed David about the event.
- Japan Today interviewed David about his work in Japan's Tōhoku region.
- The City of Chicago awarded David a grant to support his feature-length documentary film project, The Area.
- The Graham Foundation awarded David a grant to support his feature-length documentary film project, The Area.
- David's documentary short film, "The Area," won a Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club.
- The Museum of Contemporary Photography included David's Belfast, Northern Ireland project in its Midwest Photographers Project collection.
- David's Isolated Building Studies exhibition will open in the Belfast Photo Festival on August 4 and remain public through spring 2016.