David Jones is a PhD student studying the history and theory of photography as it relates to the African diaspora. His research focuses on the entanglement between landscape, western expansion, fugitivity, and displacement in nineteenth-century and contemporary lens-based practices. David received his master’s degree in art history at York University in Toronto in 2022. His master’s thesis focused on the relationship between sight and sound in photographs produced by the Black Photographers of California during the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. Prior to starting the art history program at Northwestern, David was an assistant exhibition and project coordinator at Wedge Curatorial Projects in Toronto. His critical writing can be found in The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Archive and tba: Journal of Art, Media, and Visual Culture
. Additionally, David’s most recent curatorial collaboration includes a virtual viewing at the Brooklyn Museum for Ebony Haynes’s “Black Art Sessions.” Outside of the program, David leads an annual initiative called Camera Notes
, which offers high school photographers in Los Angeles portfolio reviews with leading professionals in the field.