About David Shankbone



David Shankbone

© Billy Name

Hi, welcome to my site! From 2006-2012 I worked on a public art project to create a body of high-value photography that anyone can use for any purpose without paying me a cent. On Wikipedia, my photos illustrate over 5,000 articles in 200+ languages: from Brooklyn to Betty White; transvestites to Taylor Swift; the hills of southern Lebanon to the President of Rwanda.  

So many small businesses, publishers, artists, writers and educators are overwhelmed with creating, and they can’t afford the time or money to hunt down and negotiate with unknown people for images.  That’s the situation I found myself in back in 2006.  So I decided to create an extensive body of high resolution stock photography licensed Creative Commons, which means anyone can use an image in perpetuity for any legal purpose, be it artistic, educational or even commercial (don’t violate anyone’s personality rights).

The New York Times, the Economist,  the New YorkerVanity Fair and numerous others have used the project’s thousands of images.

On Wikinews, Wikipedia’s sister journalism project, I interviewed around 40 world leaders, writers and artists.  The Columbia Journalism Review published a profile about it.

I’ve driven motorcycles across Portugal and Cuba, camped in the Amazon, skydived over Italy, lost myself in Morocco and found myself in the Negev.   I’ve moved 33 times amongst 3 countries (US, GB and ES), 6 states (NJ, GA, CO, TX, PA, NY) and 17 cities.  These are the good old days. Happy endings don’t bore me.

If you need to contact me: davidshankbone x gmail x com

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Click here to read the Good magazine interview

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PBS Mediashift interview

Jewish Week story

Haaretz interview

Information Week article

 


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