David Puntel was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He studied photography at the University of Delaware and the University of California, Berkeley, Extension in the late 1980's and subsequently practiced documentary photography.  In 1999 he was introduced to the historic process of wet-plate collodion.  Since that time he has worked almost exclusively in the "antiquated" processes of wet-plate collodion, creating ambrotypes (collodion positives on glass) and glass negatives (subsequently printed through the 19th Century methods of albumen and salted paper).  Using these processes he creates hand-made objects that blur the borders between objects, paintings and photographs. 

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In 2003, while living in rural Maine, he founded, together with Buck Preacher, the Central Valley Project, dedicated to the preservation of 19th Century silver-based photography through its practice, exhibition, and education.  Collected and exhibited worldwide, he currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.