Dave Hancock became interested in documenting the feats of some of the
world's best climbers and mountaineers in 1992, after watching a National
Geographic documentary about an American expedition to climb K2 in Pakistan.
With no previous climbing or photographic experience he borrowed a friends
Nikon, jumped on a plane and hung around K2 basecamp for 2 months.
Eight years later, he finds himself the owner of a succesful outdoor
adventure and expedition company, a respected and prolific photographer, and
the subject of several documentaries including a National Geographic film
shot on his expedition to Argentina in 1998.
Dave's photographic work has evolved around a love of the mountains and for
the world's places of pristine beauty. Here he finds the inspiration
required to take great shots in abundance in high, lonely and sometimes
And while he blames his inability to become a world class mountaineer on the
fact he is always carrying kilos of camera or film gear, he happily
acknowledges he is more a photographer who climbs, rather than a climber who
Dave's images have been published in over 30 magazines, including GEO,
OUTDOOR, CLIMB, and OUTSIDE, as well as countless brochures, booklets and
postcards. He is also very active in tourism marketing, being a much sought
after photographer for the creation of resort and destination portfolios.
His stock agency is used by tourism authorities around the world and is
deemed of the highest calibre
He has given high profile photographic lectures and delivered inspirational
forums to a variety of audiences. In recent years he has branched into
film-making for cable and network television.
When not travelling or on expedition he lives between homes in Islamabad
Pakistan, and his home town of Perth, Australia