David Carol was born in New York City. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images) at the age of 26. He currently works daily in the real world of commercial photography as the Director of Photography at CBS Outdoor. David has traveled the world taking pictures for himself and others for over thirty years.
David Carol is the author of three photography books.
His first book 40 Miles of Bad Road… is a ten year retrospective of his personal work from 1993 through 2003 with an afterward by Anne Wilkes Tucker, photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
His second book All My Lies are True… is a collection of photographs taken throughout his twenty-five year career.
His third and most recent book is actually a non-book called “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!” The non-book contains 40 photographs and 14 accompanying text plates unbound in a clear Lucite enclosure with an essay by Jodi Peckman, Creative Director and Director of Photography at Rolling Stone Magazine.
David is a photographer first and foremost. Yet he also loves giving other photographers a platform to share and discuss their work with the photographic community. He is able to do this as a contributing writer for Rangefinder Magazine with his monthly column Photo Finish and with his twice weekly articles for PDN’s Emerging Photographer Magazine. He also serves on the Board of Advisers for the Center for Alternative Photography.
David has a passion for working with emerging photographers. He volunteers his time doing portfolio reviews with The Palm Springs Photo Festival, ASMP, APA and other photographic organizations. David also judges for the prestigious PDN Photo Annual every year as well as Rangefinder Magazine’s Alternative and Black & White photo contests.