David Barbourma jored in geography and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1976 he obtained a diploma in photography and visual communication at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, where he had Randy Bradley, Bob Pfeiff and Bob Alexander as instructors.
David Barbour studied photography at the Banff School of Fine Arts in the 1970s and has balanced personal projects with freelance assignments and teaching throughout his career. His photographs are in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Library and Archives Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, and Edmonton Art Gallery, among others.
David Barbour also worked as a darkroom technician for the Saskatchewan government in Regina (1974) and as a film production assistant at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (1976). Between 1994 and 2016, David Barbour has travelled to Havana 23 times to document life on the street, complete professional assignments and lead photo workshops. The project which he titles, Looking for Castro, reflects the strength of the Cuban people in their daily lives.
David has also been a member of the National Archives Appraisal Board (NAAB) for over 30 years and appraised numerous photographic collections for Library and Archives Canada, Archives of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Art Gallery, and private collectors.