David Gibson was born in 1957 in Ilford, Essex, UK - the very same Ilford where the films are from - a fact that has always delighted him as some sort of destiny. Gibson's father was a monumental engraver and that interest in texture and fonts has certainly been an influence on his photography.
Gibson persevered for several years as a care worker and almost studied to be a social worker. His early-published work was of the elderly, children and the disabled; all social issues that were regularly used in the magazine Community Care. That was a starting point of sorts but it was an email from Nick Turpin in early 2000 asking him to join the very beginning of In-Public collective that undoubtedly made his photographic path clearer, particularly in the group's early years.
Gibson has been taking street photographs for over 25 years and his work has been widely published and exhibited. This includes being one of featured photographers in the book, Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson, 2011) an anthology of the world's leading street photographers. His work is held in pictures libraries and he often undertakes commissions from design groups for corporate identity.
In 2002 he completed an MA in Photography History and Culture at the University of the Arts in London (previously London College of Printing). In addition to his photography Gibson has regularly led street photography workshops in London and other cities around the world. There have been workshops in Beirut, Singapore, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Bangkok (with In-Public) and several in Athens.
He is the author of "The Street Photographer's Manual" published by Thames & Hudson in 2014. That book is now a best-seller and been translated into 7 languages. David's latest book, "100 Great Street Photographs" was published by Prestel in 2017.