Photo by Jamey Stillings

David Pace, a San Francisco Bay Area photographer, passed away in October 2020. His photographic work included a decade-long project on life in a small village in Burkina Faso which was featured in Venice during the 2019 Biennale. Other noted projects included “Re: Collections,” a series of photographs documenting unusual collections (of plumb bobs, tin cars, insulators, shoes, and art deco irons, for example), and “Early Work,” portraits of his family and friends and the nuns and priests who were his teachers, taken with the Brownie Hawkeye camera he received for his 8th birthday. With Schilt Publishing in Amsterdam he published two books, “Images in Transition: Wirephotos 1938-1945,” a collaboration with gallerist Stephen Wirtz, and, with his wife Diane Jonte-Pace, “Where the Time Goes” a photographic reflection on youth, aging, love, and change. A third book from Schilt Publishing, Hawkeye, will be released posthumously. His work is in a number of museum collections including the Portland Museum, the de Saisset Museum, the Triton Museum, the Crocker Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

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

Schilt Gallery, Wirephoto, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wirtz Gallery, David Pace: Burkina Faso in Three Parts, Oakland, CA
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

Griffin Museum of Photography, Tours of Duty, Winchester Mass.

Venice Biennale, Personal Structures, Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy
Aperture Gallery, Beyond Boundaries, New York, NY
Festfoto Brazil 2019, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Candela Gallery, UNBOUND 7, Richmond, VA
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Portfolio Showcase 11, Fort Collins, CO
Blue Sky Gallery, Touch, Portland, OR

San Jose Museum of Art, Show Your Work: Art and Math, San Jose, CA
SF State Fine Arts Gallery, Recollected: Photography and The Archive, SFSU, San Francisco, CA
Triton Museum of Art, The Ray Ashley Collection, Santa Clara, CA
Blue Sky Gallery, Eclipse, Portland, OR
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Small Works Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO
The Image Flow, Reflect and Engage, Mill Valley, CA
Center for Photographic Art, 8x10, Carmel, CA

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


Hawkeye, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (forthcoming)

Where the Time Goes, with Diane Jonte-Pace, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lenscratch, David Pace: A Life Well Lived, 12-28-2020 

Images In Transition: Wirephotos 1938-1945, with Stephen Wirtz, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AAP Magazine, Colors, Issue #5

rakesprogress, Red Planet, Spring Issue #4

The New Yorker, Dance, Burkina Faso, 2-28-16

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