Carlos David moved to New York City from Mexico City around 11 years ago. He studied Hispanic Literature and worked as a writer but fell in love with photography while riding on the subway. Obsession kicked in when he assisted diverse fashion photographers. After a workshop with Mathew Jordan Smith he understood the value of lighting in a controlled environment and begun his own work. He considers himself a self-taught photographer but has learned from many colleagues along the way. His passion for taking portraits evolved into collaborations with fashion and business magazines. This lead into becoming a Fashion Photography and Lighting for portraits teacher at Photouno in 2014. He does regular work as E-commerce and connected with Modeling Agencies. Since 2015 he photographs artists for Friends of the High Line promotional materials.
Curiosity pushed him to create PERSONAE late 2016. With a crew of makeup and hairstylists on board he invited artists, teachers, firefighters, and people from his community, to represent themselves or their alter ego. He has photographed more than eighty participants to this day. December 1st 2017 the project was released to the public with an individual exhibition at El Barrio’s ArtSpace PS109 Galley in New York City. More than 300 people attended. A second exhibition is scheduled for June 2018 at Ozaneaux Gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood.
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