David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I was born in Hollywood but grew up down the road in Silver Lake at the same house my folks still reside in. Silver Lake was named Forbes Magazine America’s hippest hipster neighborhoods known for vegan donuts, artisanal cheeses, single-origin java mainlined on every corner, and thick man-buns tucked beneath snow caps on a 100 degree day. Back in the 70’s-80’s, Silver Lake was mostly a crime-ridden, gang infested (Silver Lake 13) mid-city grit and grime people avoided.” A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming passed Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and reprobates through the yet to be gentrified hoods of Los Angeles. “Urban life is a part of my upbringing and I always wanted to document those unique, chance moments I came across during my neighborhood expeditions.”
David’s personal projects concentrate on “Street Photography”, which he has exhibited in galleries Internationally and across both coasts. His photographs have been featured in Lens Culture, Los Angeles Center for Photography, LA Times SoCal Moments, LenScratch, Art Photo Feature and Photoplus Expo. He has also been interviewed by Ibarionex Perello of The Candid Frame and Street Photography Magazine.
David is currently a photography instructor at Otis College of Art and Design as well as a contributing music photographer for L.A. Music Blog and L.A. Record Magazine.
David’s creativity doesn’t stop there, with over 20 years of Academy winning and nominated film credits, a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 839, The Visual Effects Society and ASIFA-Hollywood, he currently holds the position of Artistic Supervisor/Head Cameraman at a major Hollywood Studio.
“I make photographs of life today to share tomorrow.” “Breathe Life, Visualize Emotion”
Exhibitions & Accolades