David Walter Banks is an American born photographer based in Los Angeles, California and a graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a conceptually based documentary, lifestyle and portrait photographer, focusing on long-term projects and fine art with a background in newspaper journalism.
In 2007, he co-founded the photographic cooperative LUCEO Images. During his five years with LUCEO, his duties outside of photography included director of marketing and special projects manager, where his efforts helped garner press from The New York Times Lens Blog, Photo District News, The New Yorker, The British Journal of Photography, and Wired Magazine among many other outlets.
His work has been exhibited at Aperture Gallery and 25CPW in New York City, Houston Center for Photography, The Bridge Progressive Art Initiative, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection at the New York Public Library.
David has lectured at Western Kentucky University, Ohio University, University of Miami, SCAD, UNC Chapel Hill, UMass, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, and Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografia. His clients have included Google, Scripps Networks, HAVAS Health, Bombay Sapphire, SBE Entertainment Group, Stern Magazine, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, CNN, NPR, Mother Jones, Le Monde, US News & World Report, GQ, NPR, Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, The FADER, AARP, Golf Digest, and Spin Magazine, XXL Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Atlanta Magazine among others.
(Photo by Kendrick Brinson 2012)