A native of Philadelphia (b. 1981), Prince Spells attended Germantown High
School (1996-2000), where he studied culinary arts and graphic
design. At Penn State University (2000-2008), he majored in Integrative
Arts, with curriculum in photography, journalism, and psychology. While on
the photo-staff of The Daily Collegian (2003-2008), Prince began his photocareer freelancing for the Penn State
Athletics Department, The Penn Stater Magazine, Fight on State
magazine and other local publications.
In 2006 and 2007, Prince took part in a University sponsored service learning project, where he photographed his first overseas photo-essay, "Ghetto Utility", in Arusha, Tanzania. That same year he was the photo-intern for The Press Of Atlantic City.
Since 2008, inspired by the ideology of civic journalism, Prince has focused exclusively on subsistence enterprise issues, producing photo-essays in China, Italy, and the USA in the interest of building the foundation for The Partnering Firm, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization that serves the public interest by stimulating the artistic and entrepreneurial agency of independent workers, worldwide.
Currently based in Philadelphia, Prince is preparing to launch WashPAK, a prototype app, that targets Philadelphia's homeless popoulation, enabling them to work and live independently, by better connecting them to resources and service providers, while making money washing cars.