David Beckett is one of Canada's leading child portrait photographers. He is based in Toronto and commutes to Vancouver each spring. Born in February, 1958, David spent most of his formative years in Ancaster, Ontario. He is a third generation portrait photographer, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas and his grandfather, Hubert Beckett, who began his career photographing children in the 1920's. Working exclusively in black and white, David Beckett is renowned for his ability to capture the spirit of his subjects, producing candid portraits in a studio setting. His playful approach brings out the same spontaneity in his portraits of adults. In 1986, David was awarded a grant by the Ontario Arts Council to photograph children of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Soon after this well-received study, Beckett's unique vision began to gain critical acclaim.