David Ellingsen is a Canadian photo-based artist making work that speaks to the relationship between humans and the natural world. He works predominantly in long-term projects with a focus on climate, biodiversity and the forest.
Recent exhibitions include China’s Lishui Museum of Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Lithuania’s Kaunas Photo Festival and Canada's Campbell River Museum. Ellingsen’s photographs are part of the permanent collections of South Korea's Datz Museum of Art, China's Photography Museum of Lishui, and Canada's Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Royal British Columbia Museum. They have been shortlisted for Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Award, appeared with National Geographic, and awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and the International Photography Awards. In his earlier years Ellingsen was a freelance assignment photographer, eventually working for clients including the New York Times Magazine, Business Development Bank of Canada, Canadian Medical Association, Oprah Winfrey Network, and CBC Radio Canada.
With his husband, Ellingsen lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with a place-based practice formed by the landscape he grew up in. His photographs are made primarily around his home in Victoria and the island of Cortes, where he was raised, 150 miles to the north. Since arriving as that island’s first immigrant settlers in 1887, five generations of his family have resided on these traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin and Homalco First Nations.