DM Barlow spent 30 years in advertising, winning 25 international awards as copywriter and executive creative director. He has worked for Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Erickson and Doremus.
In addition, DM Barlow has written and photographed numerous magazine features. He has been a stock photographer and travel blogger for international clients, including Cathay Pacific Airways.
Writer, Artist, Photographer
In 2010, DM Barlow left advertising to become a stock photographer and freelance writer, based in Shanghai. He photographed the fast disappearing shikumen lanes of Shanghai, documenting life there before, during and after demolition. He mounted his images in ancient wooden window frames rescued from the fallen lanes and made his art at the top of a condemned 1920s mansion where he lived with the demolition crews from Sichuan.
"My little workshop was a magical place. There was no electricity, no running water, but I worked on my pictures there day and night - often by candlelight. I was in the zone, and I loved it." - DM Barlow
Exhibitions and Beyond
DM Barlow's unique, framed pictures took pride of place in the main lobby of Radisson Blu, Pudong, where they remained on display for over a year. DM Barlow moved away from stock and magazine work in 2015. He sees photography as the emerging art form of the 21st Century.
In 2018, DM Barlow started work on a new photographic technique which he calls Photo Impressionism. "It's a complex, time-consuming and often frustrating technique," he explains, "I don't use Photoshop or any editing software."