David J. Spear is a photographer, teacher, and community outreach educator who lives and works in Western Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He teaches photography and journalism at Salish Kootenai Tribal Colklege and has developed an ongoing program in Photography at two eagle river, a tribal high school.

He is the recipient of a 2004 Puffin Foundation Grant, 2000 Howard Chapnik grant for the advancement of photojournalism and the 1995 Ernst Haas Photography Educator Award.

He built the International Center of Photography's Community Outreach Program for underserved communities of New York City and continues to develop photography-based programming for youth and the elderly in the United States and Europe. In 2006 he and his wife Jill founded a voice-art vision & outreach in community education and organization that brings arts programming to the rural areas of Montana.

His work has been exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States and his publication credits include the New York Times Magazine, German Geo, Granta and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others.