David Helfer WELLS – Jurist

David Helfer Wells is a film-maker and photographer who divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Bangalore, India. One day you can find him creating still and moving images for clients, such as Edible Rhody and the Providence Preservation Society on the unique local culture of America’s smallest state. Other days he may be working on personal/grant funded projects on the beautiful Narragansett Bay with the support of Rhode Island’s Council for Humanities and State Council on the Arts.  In India’s “Silicon City” Bangalore, he is busy creating visual narratives for clients such as Bryn Mawr College and Aramco World or working on personal/grant funded projects supported by the Fulbright and Alicia Patterson Foundations.

He has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, and Time, among others. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund.  More at davidhwells.com

To see the best representation of these photographic selections, please visit the WAA Gallery at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852, Wednesday – Saturday (noon-4pm) and Sunday (noon-3pm)!

Jurist’s Statement by David Helfer Wells can be found HERE

Collection of Work: Accepted or purchased art may be collected after the exhibit concludes on: Tuesday, November 17th (11AM-6PM). Accepted or purchased art may not be removed during the exhibit. A $5/day charge will be applied to all artwork not collected by end of business on Tuesday 11/17/20, unless previous arrangements have been approved.

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“National Photography Exhibit”

In-Gallery Exhibit: October 23-November 15, 2020

Virtual Gallery: Launching October 27, 2020

Showcasing a diverse and creative selection of the region’s finest photography!

Open, Juried, All Media
Juror: David Helfer Wells

Opening Receptions:
Friday, October 23, 2020
Session #1 – 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Session #2 – 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Awards announced at 6:45 and 7:45 PM – Beverages will be served outdoors


WAA is thrilled to announce the award-winning selections from our National Photography Exhibit:

– First Prize –         

BLM: The Things They Carried by Kimo Williams (West Virginia) – Digital Print

– Second Prize –     

Into Dreamland by Michael Potts (Arizona) – Digital Archival Print

– Third Prize –      

Self Portrait as Housewife (Who He Wanted Me to Be) by Lily Colman (Pennsylvania) – Digital C-print

  – Honorable Mentions –

Burning It Up by John Pitocco (Rhode Island) – Photography

Covid Isolation by Jean Duffy (Rhode Island) – Photography

– Judge’s Awards –

Crossing Over by Gene Suponski (Connecticut) – B&W Digital Photography

Stitching the Sunlight by Martha Wakefield (Massachusetts) – Digital Collage