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David Walter Banks is a Los Angeles based portrait and lifestyle photographer.

Banks produces studio and lifestyle portraiture for a range of clients from TIME Magazine and Rolling Stone to Adidas. He aims to evoke a sense of emotion, connection, or curiosity through his portraiture.

Overview_014His personal projects explore the theme of cultural escapism and his personal life. He seeks out surreal images that beg more questions than they provide answers. The outcome is more personal narrative than unbiased documentation.

SELECT CLIENTS: Ford, Amazon, Red Bull, Samsung, Target, Airbnb, Toyota, Audi, Garnier, Saatchi, Team Detroit, Deutsch, ADIDAS, L’Oreal, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Nau, Variety Magazine, Moet, Seventh Generation, Leisure Society, Bombay Sapphire, The Raleigh Hotel, SLS Hotel, Redbury Hotel, Panera, Enterprise, SBE, Sanofi, PhotoShelter, Billboard, Huck, Wonderland, Rolling Stone, NME, TIME Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, NPR, Fortune Magazine, XXL, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, The FADER, Stern, Smithsonian, Inked Magazine, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Le Monde, AARP, US News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, WIRED Japan, and Forbes Magazine among others.

David Walter Banks, a Southerner who now calls Los Angeles home, is a photographer specializing in portraiture and lifestyle imagery, and is represented by Stockland Martel under the moniker Brinson+Banks. In his free time he likes to pile into his VW camper van with his wife, pups, and camera to explore the forests and beaches and deserts of the West Coast.

Banks has been interviewed by PDNRangefinder, American Photography, TIME’s Lightbox, aPhotoEditor, The New York Times Lens Blog, CNN Photos and PhotoShelter. His work 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.

Banks 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.

His commercial work can be viewed at