Dave Heath was born in Philadelphia in 1931 and immigrated to Toronto in 1970. His interested in photography was sparked by Ralph Crane's essay, “Bad Boy's Story,” in Life magazine, May 1947, and John Whiting's book, Photography is a Language. Committed to photography as an art form for 60 years, he has worked in the established tradition of Stieglitz, Minor White, Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Nathan Lyons.
His work is included in various collections including the National Galleries of Canada, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. His work has been published in many periodicals and is represented in anthologies and histories such as Mirrors and Windows by John Szarkowski, Photography in America by Richard Doty, Magicians of Light by James Borcoman and An American Century by Keith Davis. The genesis and development of his much acclaimed book, A Dialogue with Solitude, and of his photographs while serving as a combat infantryman in Korea were explored by Michael Torosian in his books Extempore and Korea, published by Lumiere Press in 1988 and 2004.