David Malin is the world's pre-eminent astronomical photographer. After graduating from technical college in Bury, Lancashire, Malin began his career as an assistant in a pesticide laboratory. Within a decade he was head of the electron microscopy laboratory of the research department of Ciba-Geigy. He moved to Australia in 1975 and joined the Anglo-Australian Observatory in NSW; he was to retire from the AAO as a principal research scientist in 2001. Malin won his first astronomical awards in 1985, when he took out the Henri Chretien Award of the American Astronomical Society and the Jackson-Gwilt Medal and Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has since received many photographic awards including the Rodman Medal of the Royal Photographic Society and the Progress Medal of the Photographic Society of America. Author of a host of scientific papers and essays and recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney and RMIT University, he has two patents to his name. His books include Catalogue of the Universe (1979, 1980), Colours of the Stars (1984), A View of the Universe (1993, 1997), Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Astronomy in Australia (1996), The Invisible Universe (1999) and Deep Sky Objects (2000). He has held many solo photographic exhibitions internationally. Amongst his recent works is Starchant, a video production to accompany performances of Ross Edwards's 4th Symphony in Adelaide. Since 1996 Malin has been Adjunct Professor of Scientific Photography at RMIT University.