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Current position and base (organization, company, etc.)
Managing Director, Africa Media Online
David Larsen is Managing Director of Africa Media Online. A journalist and photographer by trade, David grew up in rural Zululand, South Africa. He matriculated at Hilton College, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in social anthropology and environmental and geographical sciences, graduated with a DipCS and MCS from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and founded Africa Media Online in 2000.
David’s passion, to see Africans telling Africa’s story to African and global audiences has led him to develop systems for the effective delivery of media content, develop training that ensures African media and museums professionals are keeping up with global trends and standards, and develop markets for Africa’s story.
David has been invited to speak about these issues to influential gatherings in various parts of the world.
Presentation of Papers at National and International Conferences
2010 ‘Threats and Opportunities for Museum Collections in the Digital Era’, South African Museums Association National Conference, museum professionals, Durban, South Africa.
2009 ‘An Analysis of Threats to Digital Media and Cost Effective Solutions’, South African Museums Association KZN Branch conference, museum professionals, Talana Museum, Dundee, South Africa
2007 ‘Majority World Imagery The Untapped Potential’, CEPIC congress, representatives from the world’s leading image libraries, Florence, Italy
2007 ‘Getting Your Collections to a Global Audience’, National conference of the South African Museums Association, museum professionals, Maropeng, South Africa
2006 ‘Museums and Technology’, South African Museums Association KZN Branch conference, museum professionals, Newcastle, South Africa
2005 ‘Museums and Markets’, seminar at South African Museums Association national conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa
2005 ‘An African Perspective’, Imaging Famine, leading Aid agencies in the UK, London, UK,
2004 ‘Digital Opportunities’, Digital Africa Conference, African government ministers of telecommunications, Cape Town, South Africa
2003 ‘Marketing of Communication Products’, Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) media conference, Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands
During his career as a journalist David had a large number of articles and images published in South African and international publications of standing including Country Life (SA), Mail & Guardian (SA), Out There Magazine (SA), Sunday Independent (SA), Sunday Times (SA), The Guardian (UK), The Witness (SA). His stock photography has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and other printed material. As a photographer he has participated in a few exhibitions.
Exhibitions at National and International Festivals
2006 ‘Migrations: Images of a Continent in Motion’, africanpictures.net group exhibition at Chobimela international photographic festival, Daka, Bangladesh,
2006 ‘A Road Less Travelled: boundaries in Dr J. V. Larsen’s career’, individual exhibition at Chobimela international photographic festival, Daka, Bangladesh,
2005 ‘African Migrations: Images of a Continent in Motion’, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Positions, Honorary Positions and Awards
2009 Judge for the Sony Profoto Awards
2009 Member of the World Press Photo Africa nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass
2004 Editor of Asambe Times newspaper
2003 Editor of SACLA News newspaper
2001 Contributing Editor to Out There magazine
1998 Runner up in the Reviews section of the Mondi Paper Magazine Awards
1997 Finalist in the Reviews section of the Mondi Paper Magazine Awards
Africa Media Online Awards
2003 Finalist in the Corporate category of the Highway Africa Awards for the innovative use of new media technologies in African Journalism
2002 Finalist in the Corporate category of the Highway Africa Awards for the innovative use of new media technologies in African Journalism
Specialities & interests
Enabling African photographers to compete internationally.