David Kimelman, a graduate of Pratt Institute, is a New York City and Hudson Valley based photographer. He began his career as a photography contributor to the experimental art & culture publications East Village Boys and Dirty Magazine. While shooting assignments for these innovative outlets and simultaneously working on independent personal projects, he developed the expressive documentary approach that he is know for today.
David’s approach to portraiture informs all areas of his work. When photographing people, he is intent on pushing past the superficial to reveal the true individuality of his subject. Regardless of whether it’s a 15 minute studio session, or an immersive multi-situation documentary effort, David’s portraits are always a unique and intimate collaboration with his subjects.
Interactions between people and nature are an important and prevalent subject in David’s photography. He has a ceaseless appreciation for nature and loves to explore the natural world. His photography often expresses the contradiction that people are a part of nature, but generally feel and act completely disconnected from it. He finds looking at human existence in the context of the natural world both stimulating and, in a way, reassuring. Natural Order and Broad Channel, two of his personal projects, both explore these ideas extensively.
David is also intrigued and inspired by transformative processes of all kinds ( creative, personal, natural, industrial, scientific, etc. ). How things and people become what they are, how things get made, how things work, how people work, all fascinate him and are often the subject of his photography.
David loves collaborations. If you want to talk to him about working together on something, or would like him to be involved with your project, please get in touch.
In The Media
David’s work had been featured on, The Sundance Channel online, Refinery 29, Design Sponge, SHFT, Antenna Magazine, BOOOOOOOM!, examiner.com, The Fashionisto, Feature Shoot, Flavorwire, Latina Magazine, Lenscratch, The Philadelphia City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other outlets.
David’s photographs have been exhibited at The International Center Of Photography ( ICP ), Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, and The Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
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