David Hiser is a photojournalist and a photo educator. He has been a long-time free-lance contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and many other international publications.
Throughout his career Hiser has maintained an interest in photo education and has lead photo workshops and filed trips throughout North America.
Hiser first came to Aspen, Colorado in 1964 and, after a brief stint as a ski photographer, began photographing for the Aspen Illustrated News a graphical weekly newspaper that proved to be the ideal training ground for a beginning photojournalist.
In a few years he was doing free-lance magazine assignments, mainly on outdoor adventure subjects, In October 1970 between National Geographic assignments on hiking the Pacific Crest trail and American Wolves he decided to cover the upcoming local election when his friend Hunter S Thompson decided to run for county sheriff.
Returning to his newspaperman roots, Hiser put away his Kodachrome and proceeded to make an b/w intimate documentation of the a campaign that made national headlines while intensely involving the people of Aspen. It was a highpoint of Freak Power.
The images of the campaign saw some use in the national press at that time but were more in demand as Thompson’s career progressed in later years and were often used in books and films. One of the election campaign portraits of Thompson was used for the Rolling Stone memorial edition following his death. It shows Hunter perusing the Aspen Times in the kitchen where he took his life 35 years later.
Getty Images and the National Geographic Image Collection represent his stock photo archive.