Dave grew up in the city of Orange, California – spending his formative years skiing in the San Gabriel mountains, surfing the 56th Street jetty in Newport, and riding BMX bikes on every dirt mound and culvert he and his friends could find. At thirteen, he was gifted a subscription to Powder - The Skier's Magazine which wound up shaping the direction of his life. Torn out pages of the magazine decorated his bedroom walls as he became deeply driven by the skiing experience. Inspired by Powder, he studied photography at California State University, Fullerton, determined to one day become a photographer for the title. Upon graduation with a BA in Photo Communications, he knocked on the door at skiing’s most celebrated and soulful publication.
Today, as Powder's Director of Photography, Dave is widely respected and globally recognized throughout the action sports and outdoor adventure realm for his visual aesthetic. Over nearly three decades, he has photographed and curated the images in print and digital platforms at both Powder and Bike.
In 2013, Dave was chosen by ESPN as one of the Fifty Most Influential People in Action Sports. Through his own photographic work, along with his collaborations with the world’s top action and adventure photographers, these magazines hold a reputation for the absolute best imagery in all of outdoor adventure media. They’ve won many national media awards including Powder’s 2017 ASME nomination for Best Photography and various Ellie, Maggie and WPA awards related to photography, design, and storytelling.
Dave lives in San Clemente, California with his wife Michele and their two children. He enjoys watching his kids develop their own love for the sports that have given him so much joy and purpose.
What’s been said:
“Dave is, in many ways, the soul of Powder Magazine. He is the torchbearer. No person has had a greater influence. It is his photographic direction that people know Powder by and why they continue to follow the title.” —John Davies / former Powder editor in chief
"Dave is the master of recognizing all the key elements and the subtle nuances that make the most powerful photograph. You trust him the most to see it. That talent also shines through in his own photography " — Sterling Lorence / Bike senior photographer
“Sending in a submission to Dave, I know that he’s going to look at it with a perspective that nobody else has, one that is finely tuned with experience as a photo editor, photographer, and athlete himself. I know that every detail on my end has to be perfect to be worthy for him.” — Adam Clark / Powder senior photographer
“Dave is the best photo editor in ski media. He meticulously chooses the pictures for the photo gallery that blow the mind, and pictures for each article that complement perfectly. There is no other photo editor that comes close to his expertise.” —Mark “Marko” Shapiro / Powder contributing photographer
“Dave is one of the most rock solid, quiet spoken, loyal editors I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.” —Ace Kvale / Powder contributing photographer
“Dave’s vision over the last 25 years has had as much, or more, influence on the style and trends in ski photography as the photographers out there shooting the sport. — Scott Markewitz / Powder-Bike contributing photographer
“Embracing Reddick’s influence on all of us, Powder staffers and skiers the world over are grateful for his poise and passion. Thank you, Dave, for many years of turning that light on.” – John Stifter / former Powder editor in chief