David Lanner has resided in Fresno, California since 2000. Born in Yuba City,
California in 1960 he moved with his family to Hawaii, Minnesota, and lastly to Utah by 1968. During his formative years he spent most of his time living close to nature and was always attracted to found organic objects including dried insects, bones, and snake skins. He attended Utah State University and graduated in 1984 with a BFA in Art. While attending university, David worked with the copperplate photogravure process and today continues to work with intaglio using the more recent photo-polymer gravure process as well as black and white silver prints in his studio/darkroom.
Davids’ early work reflects his fascination with mummified and frozen animal forms, mainly mule deer, that he sought out in the foothills of northern Utah. Most were victims of starvation resulting from harsh winter conditions. The positioning of these animals resulted from the observation that even though in an advanced state of decay, animals retained many characteristics from their former lives. Today, David continues to photograph animals using taxidermy. His other projects include a body of work dealing with genocide memorials found in central Africa, Poland, and Asia and a documentary project involving the lives of people who subsist within a garbage dump outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.