David SaxeDavid Saxe

David Saxe is a Systems Architect, Pilot and Photographer with a strong background in scientific programming and systems design. Working for fifteen years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, he created software for analysis, reduction and graphical presentation of astrophysics images, including data from Hubble Space Telescope.  David recently formed USA Aloft, a New Hampshire based software and aerial photography company. 

Fine Art Photography

When he is not working on the Lewis and Clark project, he records nature with a six mega pixel Kodak DCS 760 digital camera with a Nikon F5 body. Images for sale are printed with  pigmented inks on archival quality fine art paper and mounted using acid free materials.  In his off time, he wanders the woods hunting  wood spirits for one of his portfolios.  Read about all of David's portfolios and view his work.

Other Media

David works in a variety of electronic media beyond the photographic print, including stereo photography and multimedia time-lapse movies.  For information on custom photography rates or an appointment to learn more about David’s work, contact us.

"Too", An Abstract Nightime PictureScientific Papers

According to the ADS website, "The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a NASA-funded project which maintains four bibliographic databases containing more than 3.9 million records: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Instrumentation, Physics and Geophysics, and preprints in Astronomy." Searching for David returns these references to papers.


David maintains membership in the Association of Computing Machinists (ACM), Stereo New England, the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and is registered with ManchesterArts.org in Manchester, NH.

"Pine Flowers"Background

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 1967 – 1970. Graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Mathematics.

Educational Testing Service, Princeton NJ, 1970 – 1983. Worked in a variety of statistical and scientific programming capacities in a psychometric research group. As a systems programmer, supported mini and microcomputer systems. Using interactive graphics systems developed stereo data presentations and other interactive techniques for data reduction.

Consulting, Princeton NJ and Auburn NH, 1983 – 1987. Continued computer systems analysis, design and support with focus on interactive user interfaces in the scientific and data analysis arenas.

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 1987 – 2002. Responsible for a variety of groups supporting school-specific and campus-wide computing platforms.  Responsible for the design and implementation of campus wide network and telecommunications infrastructure. Worked closely with astrophysics groups creating software for analysis, reduction and graphical presentation of astrophysics images, including data from Hubble Space Telescope.  Responsible for strategic planning for computing, networking and telecommunications.

USA Aloft, Auburn NH, 2001 – present. Designed and flew stereo digital camera systems to collect nearly 50,000 photographs of the Lewis and Clark Trail.  Presently developing interactive software for navigating the route and viewing the image and associated data.  Employing USA Aloft’s unique airplane-mounted dual camera system, these images and software tell the Lewis and Clark story with a 3D view of the natural beauty and unspoiled settings of their historic route.  A secondary product will provide authors a platform for integration with original material.   USA Aloft specializes in digital photography, ground-based and aerial, including conventional and stereo images. Other USA Aloft capabilities include multimedia presentations created from time-lapse photography and delivered in a variety of electronic forms.