About David White

Since April 2009 David White has been a full-time photographer, specialising in wildlife, portraits and documentary photography.

For most of his career he was an academic scientist at the boundary between physics and biology. He was a member of the Biology Department at the University or York for many years, teaching comparative animal physiology, with a keen interest in vision, especially colour vision and image formation. This interest has clear counterparts in photography.

In 1997 he was appointed Director of Science at the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council, which funds academic research and training in the UK. In 2004, he moved to Norwich to become Director of the Institute of Food Research. He was awarded the CBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to biology’.

He decided many years ago that when he left his scientific career he would take up photography seriously, originally to concentrate on wildlife photography and portraits. Whilst these have continued, towards the end of 2009 he became interested in the medieval churches in Norwich, and from this he decided to document the life of those churches that are still used for worship – the Church of England’s parish churches of central Norwich. This ‘portraits of communities’ is a clear extension of his images of individuals.