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David Walter Banks is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in portraiture, reportage, and long-term projects.

Liberty For Lydia Rehearsal With Erica HubbardBanks produces portraiture and reportage for a range of clients from TIME Magazine and Rolling Stone to Adidas. He aims to evoke emotion in his portraiture through simple gaze, gesture, and calculated use of light.

Overview_014His personal projects explore the theme of cultural escapism. He seeks photographs with an air of the surreal, images that beg more questions than provide answers. The outcome is more personal narrative than unbiased documentation.

SELECT CLIENTS: Rolling Stone Magazine, The FADER, TIME Magazine, Adidas, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN The Magazine, WIRED Japan, Spin Magazine, XXL Magazine, CNN, NPR, Le Monde, US News & World Report, NPR, Forbes Magazine, Stern Magazine, AARP, Golf Digest, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Google, Scripps Networks, HAVAS Health, Bombay Sapphire, and SBE Entertainment Group.

Banks is a Southern-born American photographer and a graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

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 News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) Conference, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Photo Filed Trip, and Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografia.

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.

His commercial work can be viewed at