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David Carol was born in New York City. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26.  David has traveled the world taking pictures for himself and others for over thirty years.

David is a photographer first and foremost. He currently works daily in the real world of commercial photography as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) as well as being the Editor-in-Chief at Peanut Press Books a new imprint that publishes high quality photography books.  Yet he also loves giving other photographers a platform to share and discuss their work with the photographic community. He is able to do this as a contributing writer for Rangefinder Magazine and Photo District News. David also judges for the prestigious PDN Photo Annual every year as well as doing portfolio reviews at Palm Springs Photo Festival, ASMP Fine Art, APA, Filter Photo Festival and Savannah College of Art and Design. David also loves curating photo shows at such spaces as The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, Darkroom Gallery, Vermont and Lightbox Gallery in Oregon. He also serves on the Board of Advisers for the Center for Alternative Photography: Penumbra Foundation.

David is the author of six photography books. He recently completed a trilogy of books, “Where’s the Monkey?”, “Here’s the Deal!” and “All My Pictures Look the Same.” with Cafe Royal Books, London.

His first book 40 Miles of Bad Road… is a ten year retrospective of his personal work from 1993 through 2003 with an afterward by Anne Wilkes Tucker, photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

His second book All My Lies are True… is a collection of photographs taken throughout his twenty-five year career.

His third and most recent book is actually a non-book called “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!” The non-book contains 40 photographs and 14 accompanying text plates unbound in a clear Lucite enclosure with an essay by Jodi Peckman, Creative Director and Director of Photography at Rolling Stone Magazine.

David is available for one on one mentoring and teaching sessions. He is also available for private portfolio reviews, lectures, presentations, and book consultations that include editing, sequencing, layout and marketing strategies. For more information and rates please contact him at

David’s photographs and books are in the permanent collections of various museums and institutions, including:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
The International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Tate Gallery Special Collection, London, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Block Museum, Chicago, IL
Fogg Art Museum, Boston MA
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX
Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Reader’s Digest Collection, Pleasantville, NY
British Library, London, UK
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

David’s work has been represented by or shown at the following Galleries/Museums:

Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Center for Alternative Photography, New York, NY
photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
National Arts Club, New York, NY
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX
Neikrug Gallery, New York, NY
Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
Tulla Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Feist Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
Alfus Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
Zoom Show, Paris, France