David Pace lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he taught photography at colleges and universities for more than twenty years. From 2009 - 2013 he was the resident director of Santa Clara University's Study Abroad Program in West Africa. Pace continues to document daily life in the rural village of Bereba in the country of Burkina Faso, where he has been photographing annually since 2007. His work has been exhibited and published internationally.

Contact: david.pace@sbcglobal.net

Curriculum Vitae


1991 M.F.A San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1977 M.A. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1974 B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Solo Exhibitions

Center for Photographic Art, Burkina Faso Today, Carmel, CA
SRO Photography Gallery, Sur La Route, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Gallery 1401, West Africa: The Road & The Quarry, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Garage Door Gallery, Burkina Faso: Night and Day, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV
Blue Sky Gallery, Sur La Route, Portland, OR 
World Affairs Council of Northern California, One Day in Bereba, San Francisco, CA 
Camerawork Gallery, The Karaba Brick Quarry, Portland, OR 
Corden/Potts Gallery, Market Day, San Francisco, CA
Griffin Museum of Photography, Burkina Faso: Night and Day, Winchester, MA 
511 Gallery, Bricks: Photographs by David Pace, New York, NY 
Corden/Potts Gallery, Karaba, San Francisco, CA 
Camerawork Gallery, Friday Night, Portland, OR 
Mercy Center Art Gallery, Friday Night, Burlingame, CA 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University, Earth Work, San Jose, CA 
Harrington Learning Commons, Special Collections Gallery, Santa Clara University, Reading West Africa, Santa Clara, CA 
Walter Bischoff Galerie, Street Work, Stuttgart, Germany 
History San Jose, Re:Collections, San Jose, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Gold Rush, Santa Clara, CA
Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC), Re-Context, Denver, CO
Rayko Photo Center, With Our Own Eyes, San Francisco, CA
Lodz Foto Festival, Critical Mass: Points of Entry, Lodz, Poland
Radius Gallery, Rain Repercussions, Santa Cruz, CA
Lightbox Photographic Gallery, The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror, Astoria, OR
Corden/Potts Gallery, ReView: Seven Years at Corden/Potts, San Francisco, CA
Blue Sky Gallery, 40th Anniversary Exhibition: 40/40, Portland, OR
Rayko Photo Center, The Visual Voice: New Photo Book Narratives, San Francisco, CA
Lishui International Photography Festival, Documentary Portraiture, Lishui, China
Houston Center for Photography, 33rd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Houston, TX
Center for Photographic Art, 2015 International Juried Exhibition - A Portfolio Competition, Carmel, CA
Slideluck Austin VII, Austin, TX
Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Three Lives in Photography: Robert Dawson, Joel Leivick, 
David Pace, Santa Cruz, CA
SF Camerawork, Up All Night, San Francisco, CA
Houston Center for Photography, How One Thing Leads to Another, Houston, TX
Smith Andersen North, Fauna, San Anselmo, CA
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Relics, San Jose, CA
Newspace Center for Photography, Early Works, Portland, OR (traveling)
Southeast Museum of Photography, Anthology, Daytona Beach, FL
Gensler, Rockefeller Plaza, Going Out, New York, NY
CDS Gallery, 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards Show, Center for Documentary Studies, 
Duke University, Durham, NC
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at City Hall, You Look Familiar, San Francisco, CA
Triton Museum, Creative Growth, Santa Clara, CA
PDNB Gallery, Hot Dogs, Lobbies, Football and Ouagadougou, Dallas, TX
PhotoCentral, Cultures in Transition: Five Views of Our World, Hayward, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon, San Jose, CA (traveling)
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Experience Teaches, Santa Clara, CA
Syracuse University in Florence Art Gallery, Focus: Current Approaches to Photography,
Florence, Italy
San Jose Museum of Art, Domestic Odyssey, San Jose, CA
Otaru Municipal Museum, Pacific Rim Art Now: Japan - USA, Otaru, Japan
Continental Art Gallery, Pacific Rim Art Now: Japan - USA, Sapporo, Japan
Triton Museum, Winter Work, Santa Clara, CA
SF Camerawork, Commotion, San Francisco, CA
Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts,The Shoe Show, Walnut Creek, CA
University of Northern Iowa Gallery, Magic Silver 1997, Cedar Falls, IA
Kennedy Art Center Gallery, Holy Names College, Real Serial: 3 Contemporary Photographers
Oakland, CA
The Friends of Photography Ansel Adams Center, Body Doubles, San Francisco, CA
Rena Bransten Gallery, Gesture and Nuance: The Photographic Portrait, San Francisco, CA


National Geographic Photo Blog, Market Day in Burkina Faso is a Feast for the Eyes, 6-7-15
Verve Photo, The New Breed of Documentary Photographers: David Pace, 6-22-15
Feature Shoot, Joyous Photos Capture Friday Nights in a Tiny Village in Burkina Faso, 5-15-5
Camera (Germany), Die Farbe Der Steine, May/June 2015
Huffington Post, Burkina Faso's Brick Quarries, 3-17-15
Under The Gum Tree, Market Day, October 2015
Lensculture, Karaba Brick Quarry
Slate Magazine, How People Get Around in One Rural African Village, 7-11-14 (republished as The Five Best Photo Series You Might Have Missed This Year, 12-24-14)
Exhibition Catalog, Sur La Route, Blue Sky Books
PDN (Photo District News), Photo of the Day, 8-20-14
Top Photography Films (Germany), Gold Mining, 7-30-14
Santa Cruz Sentinel, Photographer David Pace Finds His Muse in Burkina Faso

Exhibition Catalog, Burkina Faso: Night and Day, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
NPR (The Picture Show), The Beauty of Bricks in Burkina Faso, 9-3-13
The Atlantic Cities, Setting Your Store Apart Where Few People Can Read, 9-19-13
PDN (Photo District News), Living Color, September 2013
Lenscratch, David Pace: Sur La Route and Market Day, 6-13-13
Wall Street International, Bricks:Photographs by David Pace
VIEW (Germany), Steinerne Schatzkammer
Daylight Magazine, Interview
CDS Porch, News from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Interview
Lensculture, Friday Night
aCurator.com, David Pace: Burkina Faso
Synchronized Chaos, Photography by David Pace
Exhibition Catalog, Experience Teaches, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara Magazine, The person in front of you, Winter 2007
Exhibition Catalog, Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Grants and Awards

Photo Lucida Critical Mass Top 50
Artist Residency, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC
Beth Block Juried Membership Honorarium, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Finalist, Gardner Fellowship, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Photo Lucida Critical Mass Finalist
Photo Lucida Critical Mass Top 50
Photo Lucida Critical Mass Finalist
Work-In-Process Prize, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC