David Blumenkrantz is presently involved in the One of Us project, aimed at humanizing homelessness through advocacy, portraiture and oral histories, and the documentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) artists in China. Professional experience includes eight years of NGO, documentary and photojournalism work in East and Central Africa, covering social, relief and development, and political issues. From 1992-1994, he was the Information Department Coordinator for the Undugu Society of Kenya, working on projects related to street children and urban poverty. In 2019, he self-published Edges of Africa, a 190-page anthology of his photographs and writings. He has documented development projects for UNICEF and UNESCO in Angola, and is scheduled to visit UNICEF sites in various Central American countries in the summer of 2019. David has also freelanced for the Los Angeles Times and various other publications as a writer and photographer. His work has been exhibited and published in several countries outside the United States, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, China, Germany and France.
A photography and visual communication educator for more than 20 years, David has taught classes and workshops for, among others, Wuhan, Yangtze, Yunnan Normal and other universities in China, Kodak East Africa, The All Africa Conference of Churches, the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, the government of Eritrea, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Online Division, the New York Film Academy, and the Watts Towers Art Center (for the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles). In 2004, after eight years teaching with the Los Angeles Unified School District, he joined the journalism department at California State University, and is a tenured professor. David holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Art Education, and an MFA in Visual Communication.
Former consultant with The Communication Initiative Network: Where communication and media are central to social and economic development.