David Miller, better known by his pseudonym David Shankbone, is an American photographer, blogger and law firm business developer He was described by PBS as “arguably the most influential new media photojournalist in the world” for his numerous copyleft photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and seen 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. His photography has seen much usage outside of Wikipedia, having been used by magazines and news websites such as the New York Times, the Miami Herald and Business Insider, and featured in an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. In a profile of his Wikinews interviews, the Columbia Journalism Review wrote “Miller’s work feels like a bit of a throwback to a time when Oriana Fallaci published long transcripts of her interviews in book form and David Frost broadcast a six-hour sit-down with Richard Nixon.”
Shankbone says that he began 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, taking advantage of the relative accessibility of prominent individuals in New York City. He says that he has been mentored by Warhol collaborators Billy Name and Christopher Makos. Billy Name interviewed Shankbone for BOMB magazine about their relationship and photography.