David Zentz

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A natural storyteller with a knack for bringing out the personalities of his subjects, David began his career working as a photojournalist for newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times and the Associated Press. Since 2008 he has worked as an independent editorial and commercial? photographer, regularly shooting portraits and stories for some of the top publications and companies in the world.

Always on the hunt for interesting people and unfamiliar adventures, David has traveled to numerous countries, including Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua and Thailand and worked with many talented artists, entertainers, athletes, academics and business leaders. Over the course of his career, he?s found himself flying in helicopters, careening around a closed course racetrack in a Porsche 911 Turbo being driven by a racing legend and even winning a silver medal in a sumo wrestling tournament. Full disclosure, there were two people in his weight class.

Some of David?s recent editorial credits include The Chronicle of Higher Education, AARP, Smithsonian Magazine, National Parks Magazine, Newsweek, Outside, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He also frequently shoots advertising and corporate work for clients, including Kyocera, Direct Energy, Target, Adobe, Panasonic, Georg Fischer and the Archery Trade Association. Whether shooting for a magazine, a commercial or an executive portrait he works with the same sensibilities that he developed in his early career in order to create natural, meaningful and compelling images of his subjects.

David also donates his time and imagery to a number of organizations including the Young Photographers Alliance, Venice Family Clinic, Venice Arts, the Mirror/Mirror Project and Flashes of Hope. He is an advocate for the photo industry, serving on the national board of directors of the American Society of Media Photographers following four years as the Los Angeles chapter president.

David lives in Venice Beach, Los Angeles with his wife. If he?s not behind a camera, he?s probably out exploring the neighborhood, trying to surf or catching a comedy show.

David Zentz Portfolio

Julia Dean Interviews David Zentz

LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks David Zentz ten questions about his background, career in and beliefs about photography ?

Julia Dean: ?What kind of photographer are you?

David Zentz: ?

JD: ?How long have you been shooting?

DZ: ?

JD: ?Where did you get your training?


JD: ?When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?


JD:??Did you ever come close to giving up?


JD:??Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?


JD:??What have you gained by being a photographer?


JD:??What classes do you teach at LACP?


JD:??What do you love most about teaching?


JD:??What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?