David Cowan has been shooting portrait photos since 1985. Most of his work has been focused on performing artists including: Mongo Santamaria, Cuban conguero [1985], Obo Addy, Ghanaian musician [1986], Thione Diop, Senegalese djembe drummer [2007-2012], and Pete Escovedo, timbalero [2012].

His first professional shoot was done for the Madronna Youth Theater's musical production entitled: "Little Miss Dreamer, A Nite in the Life of Bessie Smith" by E. Shockley [1986]. Shockley's first production was performed in Chicago with folk singer, Odetta, starring as Bessie Smith. Shockley's humorous musical received three off-Broadway awards during the East Coast runs in New York and Chicago. Originally shot as 35mm b/w at the Madrona Community Center 832-32nd Avenue, Seattle, WA [1986].

He photographed ethno-musicologist, Bill Summers, who in collaboration with Quincy Jones helped orchestrate the Afro-Cuban drumming which opened the musical score for the award winning film, "The Color Purple". The shoot was done at an African drum workshop held at Black Arts West Dance Studio, Seattle, WA [1986].

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Field equipment includes: Nikon D700/D200, Nikkor AF 70-200mm/f2.8, Nikkor AF 17-35mm/f2.8, Nikkor AF 85mm/f1.8D. Nikon FM2 35mm film/Nikkor 50mm/f1.4, Nikkor Micro 55mm/f2.8, Nikkor 105mm/f2.5, Nikon TC-201 2x doubler, Nikon MD-12 winder, Pentax K1000 35mm film/Pentax 50mm/f2, Tokina 80-200mm/f4.