Dave Jordano was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. He received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974. In 1977 he established a successful commercial photography studio in Chicago, IL, shooting major print campaigns for national advertising agencies.

Jordano has been actively producing fine art photography since 2001, when he began work on a body of work titled Chicago Bridge Project. This project is made up of black and white photographs of bridges and other industrial structures in and around Chicago.