About David Sutton

When he was very small, David Sutton wanted to be a veterinarian. David at 2 with his dog, ChottoWhen he got a little bigger, he wanted to be a photographer. So naturally David attended 4 universities over 7 years and got a degree in…German.

While interminable studies made him a hit at cocktail parties  – oh, the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education –  David had yet to land on his career aspirations. Enter Zane!, an Energizer bunny cum border Collie mix with enough energy to warrant an exclamation mark as part of his name. Camera in hand and Zane! three feet ahead, choking himself on the leash, David encountered his two childhood ambitions converging.

Spending increasing amounts of time at the local park (business development research, obviously) David delighted his fellow dog lovers by demonstrating a keen eye for capturing telling moments and illustrating the deep bond between people and their pets. Their shared humanity entranced him, and does so still.

Twenty years later, David’s distinctive black and white, relationship-based photography is exhibited in dozens of venues including Hermés of Paris and Takishimaya New York. His work also appears in published collections including “The Big Book of Babies” and “Life With Dogs” published by Time-Life. David’s insightful, whimsical style even earned him the unique honor of the Forbes FYI’s Best Pet Photographer title. If you ask him nicely, he’ll show you his crown.

David’s commissioned portraits of dogs, cats and their people are often featured in the broadcast media including NBC’s The Today Show, Animal Planet, 190 North, Art Beat and Wild Chicago. Print journalists nationwide also draw attention to his artful pet-centric portraiture and David’s studio has thus enjoyed highlights in the Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News Denver Post, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Chicago Sun-Times, Popular Photography and Photo District News.

An active community member in Evanston, Illinois, David maintains a very strong tie (or you could say leash) to the canine community. His charitable work raised over a $1 million for more than 100 animal and human welfare agencies in the last 20 years.