I was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland where my first interest in photography arose at the age of 14 through a love of boxing. I had been boxing since the age of 10 and wanted to make images similar to those that hung on the walls of the gyms.
By the age of 15 I was out of school and working as a carpenter/cabinet maker, which is a trade that still gives me occasional work and pleasure today.
In 1990 I married Kirsty and we live in Glasgow with our sons Cameron Jack who’s nine and Brodie Mac who’s seven.
10 years later photography had taken over my life and my day job had become an obstruction. With great support and encouragement from those close to me I gave up my career to try and make photography the main focus in life.
I have never once looked back and consider myself to be the luckiest person I know.
In 2010 I was given an incredible opportunity by Stuart Cosgrove at Channel 4 to make a short film out of my stills work with homeless children in Ukraine. "The Neglected" Street Children of Ukraine will hopefully be the first of many films I post here.
Many thanks for having a look,
David Gillanders, September 2011.
20011 March - WINNER Hansel Mieth Award for Photojournalism
2008 March - WINNER Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photographers
2007 March – WINNER Photo Essay of the Year, Scottish Press Photography Awards
2007 January – Shortlisted finalist in Arts Foundation Awards.
2006 September – BBC Documentary film “Black & White” on David’s work.
2006 March – WORLD PRESS PHOTO – Participant in the Joop Swart Masterclass.
2006 March – POYI Judges Special Recognition at the Photo of the Year International Award in the World Understanding Category for project on street kids in Ukraine.
2005 December – WINNER – UNICEF Photo of the Year.
2005 May – Herald Saturday Magazine awarded Best Magazine for Photographs at UK Picture Editor Awards for David’s photo essay “The Lost Generation.” Published in Jan. 05’ this work documented the lives of street children in the former Soviet Union.
2003 May – Herald Saturday Magazine awarded Best Magazine for Photographs at UK Picture Editor Awards for David’s photo essay “Russian Roulette.” Published in Nov. 02’ this work focused on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Russia.
2011 Feb: "The Neglected - Street Children of Ukraine" European Commission, Brussels.
2007 Jan: “MALAWI” Gallery FCB, New York, NY
2006 Dec: “BESPRIZORNIKI” (The neglected ones) in Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam
2006 Nov: “RISK” Glasgow Knife Crime, Foam Gallery, Amsterdam
2006 May: “THE CHEWA of Malawi” in Offshore, Glasgow
2006 March: “BESPRIZORNIKI” (The neglected ones) as part of Fotofreo, Perth, Australia
2005 January: “BESPRIZORNIKI” (The neglected ones) in the DGP Gallery, Glasgow