David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I was born in Hollywood but grew up a bit East down the road in a small neighborhood called Silver Lake. Silver Lake was named Forbes Magazine America’s hippest hipster neighborhoods known for vegan donuts, single-origin java, artisanal cheeses, 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 most people avoided. Also, it is difficult to navigate through the narrow and hilly streets which confuses many commuters trying to cut through to the West Side.”
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 to both coasts. His photographs have been featured in Los Angeles Times, LAist, Lens Culture, Los Angeles Center for Photography, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, 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, DWA Artistic Development, Creator of “VIA LUX” (a photographer lecture series) 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. Currently he 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