Some might say you haven’t really seen the contemporary American West, especially Utah, until you’ve seen it through the eyes of local photographer David C. Schultz. As the owner of the West Light Images gallery in Park City, Utah, David has made a successful career of capturing the brilliant colors, stunning natural features, and tiniest details of the Western American landscape on film.
At age 13, David was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Consequently, he was cautioned against pursuing a career that would put him in isolated situations or force him to be dependent on his eyesight. These warnings prompted him to see as much of the world as he could after finishing school, and it was during his extended road trips throughout the U.S. and Canada that Schultz discovered the beauty of the natural world. Soon he owned his first 35mm camera, and began to teach himself the art of photography.
A native of Michigan, David moved to Dallas at age twenty-two and began his career as a fashion photographer, which he pursued for seven years. Following a visit to Utah on assignment in 1987, he returned to Dallas, closed his studio, and moved to the alpine town of Heber, Utah, where he currently resides. Since moving to Utah, David has concentrated on photographing landscape and wildlife images. His work has appeared in such publications as Travel & Leisure, Snow Country, Cowboys and Indians, Islands, and National Geographic Traveler. He is represented internationally by several stock photo agencies that market his work for advertising, editorial and educational purposes.
In 1990, David began producing a series of limited edition prints of his favorite images and in the fall of 1998, he decided to open his own gallery, West Light Images, in Park City, Utah. After 12 years of operating that gallery he decided to close so he could spend more time teaching photography workshops and giving private photo lessons.
David C Schultz was recently selected to be featured in an ad campaign for Nikon. It was his wildlife images, particularly his work with polar bears that had been published by National Geographic Books that caught the attention of Nikon. Here is the online video. Here was also seen in billboards, TV and magazine ads.
If you’d like to see a larger selection of David’s work from around the world please visit his gallery page, West Light Images where he offers limited edition prints of his work for sale.