Dave Heath was born in Philadelphia in 1931 and emigrated to Toronto in 1970. His interested in photography was sparked by Ralph Crane’s essay, Bad Boy’s Story, in Life magazine, May 1947, and John Whiting’s book, Photography is a Language. Committed to photography as an art form for 60 year, he has worked in the established tradition of Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Nathan Lyons of Sequence and the book as the two most compelling forms in photography in which to express one’s view of life.
His work is included in various collections including the National Galleries of Canada and the Untied States, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and private collections in North America and Europe. As well, his work has been published in may periodicals and represented in anthologies and histories such as Mirrors and Windows by John Szarkowski, Photography in America by Richard Doty, Magicians of Light, by James Borcoman, and An American Century by Keith Davis. The genesis and development of his much acclaimed book, A Dialogue with Solitude, and of his photographs while serving as a combat infantryman in Korea were explored by Michael Torosian in his books Extempore and Korea, published by Lumiere Press in 1988 and 2004.
[Joseph Bellows Gallery]