David L. Hansen

Photographer - Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station

109 BAE 
1390 Eckles Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Email: dlh@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-7290
Fax: 612-624-7724

David Hansen is a photojournalist with the University of Minnesota’s Agricultural Experiment Station, which funds research in five U of MN colleges. Using images and words, he communicates the process and impact of discovery. Dave has documented thousands of research projects and their footprint on everyday life since he began his career in 1975. 

Besides shooting in every corner and county of Minnesota, Dave has tracked the impact of University of Minnesota research to all continents except Antarctica (still a goal). He has worked on University projects in many countries: Morocco, Poland, Israel, Chile, New Zealand, Germany, Kenya and Tanzania. He has also taught numerous visual communication workshops in Pakistan and India. 

Along with making photos is the task of managing and distributing them. Dave is a photo librarian and archivist, using current digital asset management tools to manage a collection of well over 100,000 high resolution images. The photos are used in popular and scientific publications, websites, exhibits, books and posters. He exhibits at University events, agriculture and horticulture shows, and at public galleries and event centers. 

His work captures research related to apples, bioenergy, human and animal nutrition, climatology, insects, plant and animal genetics, soil and water, forest ecology, livestock, plant diseases and dozens of other topics. His goal is to help audiences gain a better understanding of Land Grant University science and its contributions to everyday life.

Dave received his BA in photojournalism and his MA in science journalism from the University of Minnesota. In addition to photography, Dave directs the promotion and marketing of horticultural and agronomic plant varieties developed by University breeders. Earlier in his career he taught photography to hundreds of St. Paul campus students, and trained 4-H youth, adult leaders, and extension faculty. He also holds the rank of professor for his work with University of Minnesota Extension.  In his career with the University of Minnesota he has worked extensively for all three legs of a strong Land Grant University: teaching, research, and outreach. The University of Minnesota was founded in 1851 and now has an enrollment of over 69,000 students.

Recent exhibitions, publications, awards, web sites, and classes taught:

2015 Bronze Award for photo story, "Raiders of the Lost Grains,” Association for Communication Excellence.

2014 publication, “Minnesota Hardy,” University of Minnesota, Agricultural Experiment Station. 

2014 University of Minnesota, 3-week study abroad class, “Poland, A Lens Into Sustainability, Farms and Forests.”

2013 Exhibition, “University of Minnesota Images of U. S. Land Grant Discoveries.” Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As, Norway.

2013 exhibition, “Can Science be Art?  Images of U. S. Land Grant Discovery.”  Myles Rife Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  

2013 Gold Award for photo series, "10 Plants that Changed Minnesota."  Association for Communication Excellence.

2013 Silver Award for photo story, "The State of Minnesota's Trees." Association for Communication Excellence.

2012 exhibition, “Can Science be Art?  Images of U. S. Land Grant Discovery.”  Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego w Warszawie  (Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Warsaw, Poland.

2012 exhibition, “Can Science be Art?  Images of U. S. Land Grant Discovery,” Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa (Forest Research Institute), Raszyn, Poland.

2012 photo, “Stalks of wheat at a Ug99 wheat stem rust nursery.” Annual Letter from Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

2012 Gold Award for photo series, "Research and Outreach Centers, University of Minnesota.” Association for Communication Excellence.

2006 publication, with Leland Hardman, "Genetics to Genomics." University of Minnesota, Agricultural Experiment Station.

2001 publication, "Food For Life,” University of Minnesota, Agricultural Experiment Station.