David McIlvride Photography | About
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About Me

My photography and film career runs deep.

 

I began as a news photographer, covering events and photographing people like  Queen Elizabeth; Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other luminaries of the day.

After college I moved into documentary film and television production, working as a director, D.O.P., writer, editor and producer.

I’m still shooting and have the joy of working with my wife at Spatula Media + Communications.

 

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of producing multiple documentaries and series
for such  networks as Discovery Channel, History Channel,
Channel 4 in the UK, National Geographic, CBC and CTV in Canada.

 

A recent documentary, available on iTunes, is “RiverBlue”.  For this feature-length documentary we traveled around the world to uncover the dirty secret behind how our clothes are made.  This award-winning feature reveals stunning and shocking images that truly change the way we look at what we wear.  Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic products, blue jeans, is destroying rivers globally.

My latest documentary, “There Are No Scraps Of Men” was shot in Kabul, Afghanistan.

THERE ARE NO SCRAPS OF MEN is the story of Alberto Cairo and the narrative of war’s impact on the Afghan population.

In his mid-60s, Alberto is a physiotherapist working in Kabul and has been called “the man who has helped 100,000 people walk again.” The Italian, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, runs the International Committee of the Red Cross’ rehabilitation programme in the country.

Traveling in Kabul is strongly discouraged by most Western embassies. The current Afghan government has little control over Kabul, which is effectively a war zone. Threats are unpredictable and the situation remains volatile.  With that in mind the filmmaker came to the city to document the work at the Orthopaedic Centre.

The increasing demand for Cairo’s help has come just as Afghanistan has turned more dangerous for aid workers, who have faced repeated attacks.

This heartfelt documentary isn’t all stories of doom and gloom – rather stories of people who have by some luck, bad and good, who have been thrown together in life and are tasked with either giving up, or moving ahead in life.