high school English teacher David Rees began photographing in a town so
small that if he went out to drink his students would let him know about
it the next day. He spent the first year of his photographic career shooting
with a twin lens Yashica-D and only printing contact sheets in his living
room. The bulk of his professional experience was a staff photographer and
then photo editor at The Columbia Daily Tribune. Currently he is MPW Co-Director
and the head of the MU Photojournalism Sequence, as well as director of
the Pictures of the Year. Rees has taught courses in photojournalism, new
media and reporting at MU, and has participated in Poynter Institute, Scripps
Howard and National Press Photographers Association seminars and workshops.
He maintains interest in grassroots photojournalism and online publishing.
He actively freelances photos and stories. He has one book to his credit,
on the University of Missouri, and worked on the 1996 Discovering Ecuador
book project. He was a lab crew member of the 1975 Missouri Photo Workshop
in Nevada and faculty at the Bolivar and Washington workshops.