David M. Barreda

David M. Barreda

David M. Barreda is a visual editor, multimedia producer, curator, and journalist based in Oakland, California. He is currently a senior photo editor at National Geographic and a core team member of Diversify Photo.

Previously, David was a photo editor at Earthjustice, a founding editor at Topic, and a founding editor for ChinaFile where he launched the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation.

He has more than 20 years of visual journalism experience and prior to editing, he worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, the Valley News, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Herald of Randolph. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he received his Master’s degree, and of Middlebury College, where he majored in Geography and Environmental Studies.

Born in southern Peru and raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, David lives with his partner, their 11-year-old daughter, and Dandelion, a poodle-terrier, Covid-adoptee, rescue dog.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring David M. Barreda

Documenting China, Stories of Change

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

From the surprising fate of China’s shrinking cities, to the quiet resilience of young migrant women, this exhibition features long-term projects by Chinese visual storytellers, who examine a country that is constantly adapting and redefining itself.

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China Through Chinese Eyes

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2017

This exhibition explores social, cultural, and economic issues central to the Chinese people and captured through the eyes of Chinese photographers. It features the work of several visual storytellers published in Chinese media outlets, whose images piece together a nuanced view of this dynamic country, as they help China understand itself.

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Documentary China

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

For a second year, ChinaFile and Magnum Foundation have partnered to administer the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography. This year we are showcasing the work of Yuyang Liu and Souvid Datta.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring David M. Barreda

Jun 142023

LEVELING UP: “The Birth of a (Photo) Book or Zine”

What does it take to make a photo book/zine realized?

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Jun 232022

CRAFTING YOUR CAREER: “Getting What You Want & Are Worth: Freelancer Negotiations”

Hear from the photographers engaged in disseminating industry guidance and insights about what to say and not say as you navigate your photography business.

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Sep 132015

Reporting Inside the Great Firewall: Photographers on Covering China

Many photojournalists rely on the basic protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press to move freely, to access their subjects, and to bring their images to the public. But what is it like to photograph and report in the People’s Republic, where censorship is the norm and journalists often face more restrictions than regular citizens?

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