David Simchock Photography | David Simchock's Bio


In early 2003, after many years in the corporate world and a well-deserved travel “sabbatical” that would be envied by even the most free-spirited nomad, David Simchock set off on a mission to establish himself among the industry’s top travel photographers with his creative venture, Vagabond Vistas Photography. Within weeks of its launch, David’s worldly images were being featured in major publications across the country, while the awards, accolades, and media attention accumulated. A new path was being blazed, and all indications were that it was going to be an exciting one.

Sahara Desert, MoroccoOn assignment in MoroccoPhoto courtesy Pod Clare It wasn’t long before David was being asked to share his photographic insight and techniques with others, seamlessly integrating workshops and photo tours into the Vagabond Vistas list of services, eventually branding the company as a source for quality photography instruction. As Vagabond Vistas morphed in the direction of photography education, David expanded his repertoire of shooting services well beyond the “travel” spectrum under the banner of David Simchock Photography (“DSP”).

The demands being made on any travel photographer are great, requiring him to capture the spirit of a diverse range of subject matter, from landscapes to people to architecture and more. These very challenges are what led David to explore other branches of the photography art form, sending him on an ever-evolving journey of creativity.

DSP is a clear reflection of David’s consistent development as a top-grade artist. His mastery of the “keep it simple” philosophy that is followed by so many of the world’s greatest travel photographers has allowed him to transform his on-the-road practical approach to a wide range of subject matter including concerts and festivals, “local” photojournalism, and various facets of commercial and event photography. 

David’s passion to see and experience the world is rivaled by his passion for music. He loves to photograph live gigs, and anything else "music". David was the recipient of three consecutive Independent Music Awards for “Concert Photography” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In mid-2014, David launched his own on-line music publication titled Front Row Focus, which now serves as a platform to highlight his vast music photography endeavors, while providing publicity for local and nationally-renowned musicians. Undoubtedly his most note-worthy musical accomplishment to date has been his work with the widely-acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass / Americana band, The Steep Canyon Rangers. In collaboration with the Explore Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, David's SCR photos have appeared on billboards across the country (promoting Asheville as a live music destination), in Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of his photos currently wraps the band's tour bus.

For those interested in owning a piece of the fruits of David's labor, he offers hundreds of his images as high-quality prints on fine art paper, canvas, and aluminum. David has also taken to the art form of woodworking, hand-crafting his own picture frames which he typically finishes with all-natural, eco-friendly milk paints. The frames are the perfect complement to his photos. His work can be purchased on this website, and at various art shows, and galleries and exhibition venues hosting his work.

Consistent with his travel work ethic, David’s imagery remains candid and true-to-life as he continues to provide creative solutions to an increasing list of clients around the world. After eight fulfilling years of operation in the Northeast USA, David relocated his life, family and business to the Blue Ridge Mountains and now calls Western North Carolina his home.  On top of all of his commerce activities, David is the lead staff photographer for the non-profit LEAF organization, and also contributes his services and artwork to other local non-profit projects.

“David’s gifted sight of this world is so very healing, especially in these times.” Katherine Durbetaki, Princeton, NJ

Details of DSP’s services, along with an eclectic portfolio of David’s efforts can be found on the pages of this website. Please enjoy the journey as you wander through each gallery, allowing David's unique story and vision of this wonderful world to unfold.

European Moto Tour (2000)European Moto Tour (2000)