David Zurick left home in 1975 to journey on the Overland Trail from Europe to Asia and hasn't looked back. He completed his PhD in Geography at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center, Honolulu, and has written extensively about Asia and the Pacific, with a special focus on the Himalaya region. His writing and photography have won numerous awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award in 2006 for Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya. David is the recipient of major research grants and a two-time winner of the Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Visual Artist Fellowship. In 2009 he was awarded the "Mt Everest Award" for his Himalaya studies. He photographs with a 4X5 camera using sheet film and makes gelatin silver prints in his darkroom at home in the Kentucky hills. The subject of much of his writing and photography is the contemporary cultural landscape. Close to home, he completed a ten-year series of photographs about the American South, which was published in 2011 in his book Southern Crossings. In 2013 David completed a ten-year series of photographs about sacred places in Tibet and the Himalaya published in 2014 in his new book Land of Pure Vision. When not traveling, he tends to his home and gardens with his wife Jennifer in Wolf Gap Holler, KY. David most recently completed a nonfiction manuscript entitled "Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond: Seeing the World in a Garden." At a time when many people see only the bad things in the world, "Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond" offers a hopeful and balanced outlook on a beautiful world.