D A V I D  H O R N B A C K

I was 15 when I first picked up a camera and began to photograph my family and classmates at school in Wichita, Kansas. When I left to study journalism at the University of Kansas in 1980, I put my high school negatives into a shoebox and left them in my parent’s attic.  

Nearly two decades later on a visit to Wichita, I discovered the old box of negatives and the corresponding contact sheets. I brought them back to Berlin with me (where I was living at the time) and showed them to friends. The encouraged me to make a selection and put on a show. The first set, photographs of my family,  I titled “Where the Hell is Wichita?”after Europeans kept asking me more-or-less that same question.

Since then the same exhibition (with the same title in three different languages) has traveled across Europe, and has been shown among other places, in Berlin, Milan, and Bilbao. Most recently the show was in the Murcia photo festival FotoEncuentro.

  Born, Los Angeles 1962
  childhood, Wichita, Kansas 1967-1980
  Wichita High School East 1977-80
  University of Kansas 1980-1984
  College Photographer of the Year/NAACP 1983
  Southerns Short Course Student Photographer of the Year 1984
  freelance for National Geographic 1984-85, 1990-91
  Florida Panther, National Geographic 1984
  Renaissance Festival, National Geographic 1985
  San Jose (California) Mercury News staff photographer 1985
  move to Berlin (1986) freelance (Behind the Wall) 1986-1987
  Berlin von Aussen, exhibition in Berlin Academy of Art, 1987
  Tucson, freelance 1987-1988
  San Jose Mercury News staff photographer 1988-1990
  cover of Loma Prieta Earthquake, San Francisco 1989
  (Pulitzer Prize with Mercury News staff for earthquake coverage)
  cover the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989
  returned to Europe 1990 (Berlin and Seville)
  WorldExpo in Seville, photographer for Reuters/Siemens 1990-1992
  Istanbul 1993
  freelance Seville-Berlin 1992-1997
  freelance Seville-Berlin-Bllbao 1997-2005
  freelance Berlin-Bilbao 2005-present
  video projects in Tanzania, Argentina and Croatia 2008-2010

  Some of the places I've lived over the years: Los Angeles, Wichita,
  Jackson (Mississippi), West Palm Beach, Providence, Washington
  D. C., San Jose, London, Cologne, Berlin, Tucson, Seville, Istanbul,
  San Francisco, Bilbao