About Me


David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I grew up in Silverlake, CA.” Not the Forbes Magazine hippest neighborhood known for an invasion of Teslas, horizontal wood fencing and lumber-sexuals, but the mid-city graffiti urban grit and grime it once was back in the 70’s-80’s.” A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming around Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and the undesirables through the yet to be gentrified regions of Southern California. “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 the Los Angeles region.  He has been interviewed and his photographs has been featured in Lens Culture, Street Photography Magazine, LA Times SoCal Moments, Lenscratch, The Candid Frame Showcase and Art Photo Feature.

David is currently an adjunct instructor at Otis College of Art and Design as well as a contributing 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, he is currently an Artistic Supervisor/Head Cameraman at a major Hollywood Studio.

“I make photographs of life today to share tomorrow.” “Breathe Life, Visualize Emotion”

Exhibitions & Accolades


2017 StreetFoto San Francisco Finalist

2017 Photo 17 Zurich, Switzerland “Director’s Choice Special Exhibition”

2017 Los Angeles Center for Photography Third Annual “Street Shooting Around the World” Gallery Exhibition

2017 Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition Online Gallery Winner


2016 Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF) Finalist

2016 PhotoPlus Expo Grand Prize “New York Minute”

2016 PhotoCon L.A. Los Angeles Times Finalist, Honorable Mention “Capture L.A.”

2016 Hatakeyama Gallery “Lost In The City of Angels”


2015 The Hive Gallery “My L.A.”

2015 Japan Camera Hunter “Get Featured”

2015 Street Photography Magazine Feature (June)

2015 L.A. Record Live Photos Gallery Spring


2014 L.A. Record Live Photos Gallery Fall

2014 Street Photography Magazine Featured Photographer (February)

2014 Street Photographers – Los Angeles


2013 Think Tank Gallery, “You Are Here 2, Shoot A Cop”

2013 Black And White Street Hero Award

2013 Black And White Street Photography 1st Edition Book, Selected Artist

2013 Lenscratch Summer Exhibition   

2013 The Candid Frame Showcase (October)

2013 Art Photo Feature “Street Photography at it’s Best”

2013 Snapshot Galleria, Featured Artist


2012 Hatakeyama Gallery, L.A. ArtWalk, “Los Angeles Street Photography”

2012 Los Angeles Times, Framework Featured Artist

2012 Optical Collimator, Featured Artist Review

Contact: david@davidvalera.com