David Miller , David Shankbone , is a photographer, blogger and Wall Street paralegal . [1] He has been described by PBS as “arguably the most influential new mediaphotojournalist in the world” [2] for his numerous copyleft photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and including in Wikipedia, documenting celebrities, political officials and events, notably the Occupy Wall Street protests. As a Wikinews citizen journalist , he was the first to interview a sitting head of state, Israeli President Shimon Peres . [3] His photography has seen much use outside of Wikipedia, having been used by magazines and news websites such as the New York Times , the Miami Heraldand Business Insider , [2 ] and featured in an exhibition at the Museum of The City of New York . [5] [2] [4] and featured in an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York . [5] [2] [4] and featured in an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York . [5]

Career and coverage

Shankbone says that he has photography as a “cheap hobby” using a point-and-shoot camera given to him by his sister in response to a perceived lack of images on Wikipedia , [4] taking advantage of the relative accessibility of prominent individuals in New York City . He says that he has been mentored by Warhol collaborators Billy and Christopher Makos . [4]

Colleen Asper, writing in the Brooklyn Rail , described Shankbone’s photographs as “incredibly wide ranging in their scope.” [6] Shankbone began contributing to Wikipedia in June 2006, and in 2007 it was noted as a “leading Wikipedia editor” in Haaretz . [1]


In December 2007, he est devenu the first of Wikinews ‘s citizen journalists to interview a sitting head of state, Israeli President Shimon Peres . [3] Miller was also profiled in the Columbia Journalism Review in January 2009, [3] where his interviews were described as a “throwback to a time when Oriana Fallaci published his transcripts of his interviews in David Frost ‘s six- Hour sit-down with Richard Nixon . ” [7] Shankbone’s interview was featured by InformationWeek as a milestone in the development of Wikinews. [3]

Shankbone was invited to Israel by the Foreign Ministry and the America-Israel Friendship League , as part of a delegation of technology writers, including representatives from BusinessWeek , USA Today , PC Week and Salon , to review Israeli technology sector . David Saranga , spokesman at the consulate in New York explained, “More than once we have faced editors connected to Israel that appear on Israeli reality. As it is. ” [8] While there, he asked an interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Which to his surprise was granted. However, Shankbone later admitted he considered it to be one of the worst interviews he had undertaken. [7]

He returned to Israel in 2009 to take photographs of the country and the Negev desert . [9]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Liphshiz, Cnaan. Your wiki entry counts , Haaretz , December 25, 2007.
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Ordonez, Sandra. “Shankbone’s Wikipedia Photo Portraits Spread Like Wildfire” . PBS.org . Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) . Retrieved March 5, 2015 .
  3. ^ Jump to:d Jones, KC Wikinews Gets Big Interview , Information Week , January 14, 2008.
  4. ^ Jump up to:c Jefferson, Cord. “The Most Important Occupy Wall Street Photographer You Have Never Heard Of” . GOOD Magazine . GOOD Worldwide Inc. . Retrieved March 5, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Ordonez, Sandra. “Shankbone’s Wikipedia Photo Portraits Spread Like Wildfire” . WikimediaFoundation.org . Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) . Retrieved March 5, 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ Asper, Colleen. David Shankbone with Colleen Asper,Brooklyn Rail, April 2008.
  7. ^ Jump up to:b Rose, Adam. The WikiLeaks Ace: Why Shimon Peres Sat Down With David Shankbone , Columbia Journalism Review, January-February 2009; Also see here .
  8. Jump up^ Kienon, Herb. Leading Wikipedia editor to visit Israel, The Jerusalem Post , December 8, 2007.
  9. Jump up^ Udasin, Sharon. Photo Editing Israel’s Online Image,The Jewish Week, April 3, 2009.

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