Photographer Davin Ellicson studied Modern European History at Carleton College in Minnesota before moving to live and farm in a small village with peasants for a year in the Maramures region of northern Romania, home to the most traditional rural life left in Europe. He has continued to document his experience amongst the villagers and the project is due out as a book next year. In 2006, Davin completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication and then moved to Bucharest to pursue stories throughout the Balkans.
He as completed assignments for such publications as The International Herald Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Courrier Japon, Bloomberg News and Intermediair Magazine and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Der Spiegel, TAZ, Die Presse, In Your Pocket Guides and the books ‘East’ and ‘This Day of Change’ which was recently nominated for a Lucie Award. Davin also works with various NGOs in Romania including Leslie Hawke’s Ovidiu Rom which seeks to help put impoverished Roma children in school.
The recipient of the 2009 Portfolio Award at The Phodar Photography Biennial in Bulgaria, he has also won an honorable mention in Jen Bekman’s Hey! Hot Shot Contest 2008 Edition, honors in American Photography 23 and a Larson Fellowship to photograph in Sweden from Carleton College. In 2008, Davin was nominated for PDN’s 30 and World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass.
His work has recently been exhibited in Tokyo on the occasion of the publication of the Courrier Japon project ‘This Day of Change’ which organized 132 photographers from around the world to capture ‘hope’ on 20 January 2009, and also in Pleven, Bulgaria at The Phodar Photography Biennial.