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From an early age, David was impressed by the way that photographs could render the human condition.  His development as a “street photographer” probably began with the impatience that he felt during family photography sessions growing up in Toronto, Canada. Rather than expect his subjects to wait for him, he prefers to move at the same pace as his subjects. 


Since the 1980s, he’s used his camera to explore urban communities, self awareness, the stories of Black Canadians, and our relationship with the natural world.  


His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Paris, Sao Paolo, Bamako, Washington D.C as well as  The Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. His work has been published in the Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography, Revue Noire, Camera Canada, and his own Regent Park: the Public Experiment in Housing. His work is in public and private collections including that of Nelson Mandela’s estate.  

David Ofori Zapparoli
Toronto, Canada


"Descendants of the Black 1000: Flight from Oklahoma Black Towns to Canada", Oklahoma Contemporary, 2 person show, Nov. 2023 - April, 2024

"Cities In Flux", Art Gallery of Ontario, group show, 2023

"I Am Black History", Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 person show, 2022

"Raptors Fever", Contact

Festival (Online), group show, 2021


"Missing Pages", group show, Cambridge Art Gallery (Ontario), 2021


Acquisition of 4 works by Art Gallery of Ontario, June 2019


“The 1884 Blues” as part of a two person show, Drake Hotel, 2017


“Outside These Walls”, two person show at Carleton University, 2017


“Position as Desired”, group show, Art Gallery of Windsor, 2017


“Tributes and Tributaries”, group show, AGO, September 2016 - June 2017


“Pixelation”, group show, OCADU, February - March 2016


“Adinkra Project”, digital photography, A Space (windows), November 2015 to January 2016 


“Position As Desired”, photography, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax, group show, 2013


Descendants of the Black 1000: Flight From Oklahoma Black Towns to Canada, brochure, 2023

Street Level: A Search For Belonging, book, 2022


Tributes and Tributaries, catalogue, 2015

                                                                                        Toronto Grid Works, catalogue, 2003

Making Our Mark, published by Between the Lines, 1999 


Regent Park:  The Public Experiment in Housing, catalogue, 1999


The Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography , published by Revue Noire, 1998, full page


African Canada, Revue Noire publishers, one page, 1997


Toronto’s Toronto, Toronto Animation Workshop,1988, full page


Camera Canada, “Urban Contrast”, a periodical, six pages, 1987


Celebrate Our City, McClennand and Stewart, commemorated Toronto’s 150th year, 1984



Canada Council, Project Grant, 2023

Ontario Arts Council, project grant, 2018


Canada Council, Travel Grant, 2000

Canada Council, Project Grant, 2000

Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant, 1999

Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, 1998


Canada Council, Travel Grant, 1998

Toronto Arts Council, Project Grant, 1997

Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant, 1995

Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance, 1991

Canada Council, Explorations Grant, 1990


Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant, 1990

1st prize, Celebrate Our City: a photography competition with over 12,000 entrants, 1984  

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