David Shama is a Swiss photographer living in New York. His father, a British stockbroker and his mother, an Italian photographer were both born in Alexandria, Egypt. He spent his childhood and early adult life in Lausanne, a very cosmopolite lake town. He studies Social Sciences and Medicine. Around the age of 28 he moved to Buenos Aires to pursue a career in photography that will take him to Paris and finally New York.
David Shama's work alternates between spontaneous snapshots and carefully planned situations that have nonetheless the appearance and freshness of a realistic situation. His style is very narrative and cinematic. He takes us with him on his journeys and inspires us by always showing images that have raw elegance and an unexpected quality that keeps us seeking for more details and imagining the rest. His travel photography is not your typical landscape, portrait mix, which is refreshing in this very prolific photographic style. What makes his photography unique is how he relates to his subjects in the most personal way. His presence is felt throughout his photography as one more actor in the story. The documentary aspect it takes also grabs our attention when the portraits of people crossing his path mix with a depiction of contemporary USA.