David McLain


  • National Geographic photographer
  • Blue Zones photographer and explorer
  • Founding Member, Sony Artisans of Imagery program

Award-winning visual storyteller who brings causes and missions to life.

David McLain’s photographs have appeared in National GeographicNational Geographic Traveler, and National Geographic Adventure, as well as Men’s JournalSports IllustratedSkiingWine SpectatorFortuneLife, and Smithsonian. He also works for commercial clients, such as US Airways, the Nature Conservancy, Eastern Mountain Sports, and the American Skiing Company.

McLain lives with his wife and two children in a 200-year-old farmhouse outside Portland, Maine, a place that triggers “an instinctual sense of belonging” in him. “My family, my home, and Maine ground me and fuel the boundless sense of possibility and hope I bring to my work.”

He has shot assignments in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Central and South America, Greenland, and British Columbia.

McLain has received honors in the Communication Arts Photography Annual for two consecutive years, as well as numerous awards in the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year competition.

McLain has recently become interested in the shifting media landscape and new possibilities for visual communication. He co-founded Merge, a boutique company dedicated to telling stories through still photographs and moving images across an array of media. 

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