David Drebin, originally from Toronto, Canada, graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1996 and has been based in New York City ever since. Drebin’s photographic work has been curated around the world. A collection of Drebin’s cinematic images was released in (September 2007) in a monograph titled ‘Love And Other Stories’ and it offers a expansive journey into the mind of the photographer who has worked with talent from Diane Von Furstenberg, David Caruso, Charlize Theron, Fergie and countless others. Famous fans such as Sir Elton john and Ben Stiller have purchased his photographs along with major art collectors around the world. His photographs showcase the world of the young, the beautiful and the stylish constructing a photographic narrative that blurs the line between reality and the imagination. The subtle details create a voyeuristic sensation, as if the viewer is intruding upon the images in a private moment. ‘Some type of emotional response when looking at my photographs would be ideal… for me the most gripping photographs are funny sexy and sad or at least a combination of two of three of those characterisics’
DREBIN BY DREBIN: I decided to become a photographer in 1992 while studying to be an actor. I realized that I was such a bad actor because I only seemed to be able to play myself instead of the characters that I was attempting to learn how to play. So i figured I would try to take photographs to at least attempt to understand my own imagination and who I was and what I really thought about… what I wanted to say. I seemed to gravitate more to directing the moment, the photograph, than being the actor. If I were not a photographer I would have probably attempted to become a psychologist, or a ring master at the circus… I like pictures that are often dupilicitous, the ones with hidden meanings, that are ultimately gripping and stay in my mind far beyond the moment of looking at them for the first time… the pictures within the pictures… within the pictures… Coming from a perspective based on how I see the world with my eyes, heart, ears, and brain; I like to think of myself not only as a photographer… but as a psychographer.