David studied art history first at high school then later at Canterbury University. He completed his double major in English literature and art history at the University of Queensland. He went on to an Honours degree for which he wrote his thesis on Andrey Tarkovsky's films "Stalker" and "Solaris".
He took up the position of Assistant Director at Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 1988, completing his Master of Arts Administration at the University of New South Wales (1993). David is a curator and sometime tutor/lecturer in museology, who organises exhibitions of contemporary New Zealand photography. He first took photographs in 1973 with a Pentax Spotmatic - a gift from his father. Since his return to New Zealand he has worked in medium and large format, as well as 35mm.
From October 2000 - May 2008 he was Director of the New Zealand Centre for Photography, Wellington; curating exhibitions viewed by over 15,000 people including mounting several exhibitions over a 5 month period in Shed 11. From 2002 to 2008 he was Managing Editor of 20 issues of the quarterly New Zealand Journal of Photography.
He runs Galerie Langman as a virtual gallery and writes occasionally. Galerie Langman has sold to major museums Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland City Gallery and Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
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Until recently Dr. Allan Chawner was Associate Professor in Photomedia and Covener: Bachelor of Fine Art and Honours, School of Fine Art, Drama, Music and Conservatorium, The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
He taught photography for 30 years and has exhibited internationally over that time. He is one of the world’s finest panoramic photographers. His work has been shown to critical acclaim in New Zealand, Australia, France, Japan, China and Nova Scotia, Canada.
In recent years he has returned to the 35mm format using digital Canon cameras and exhibited these works worldwide via projections. His latest project Kalkadunga Man is a collaboration with musicians William Barton and The Song Company.
Allan has published many photography books at blurb.com with his wife and photographic partner Carol Carter, herself an eminent teacher and photographer.